WSCC rec center to be closed for repairs.

July 29, 2015

VICTORY TOWNSHIP – The West Shore Community College Recreation Center will be closed August 7 – 16, while a dam standpipe, underneath the access road to the athletic facility, is replaced.

In preparation for the construction, the pond, which is formed by the dam, has been lowered approximately six inches per day since early July.

According to Scott Ward, Vice president of Administrative Services, during the last inspection of the dam structure in 2010, engineers reported corrosion to the standpipe and recommended it be replaced.

“In addition to the corrosion, the Dam Safety Inspection Report disclosed that approximately 60% of the water flow in the pipe was by leakage through the stop logs and ideally the flow should be over the logs,” said Ward.
College officials and the inspecting engineer, James Nordlund Jr., P.E., have worked with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Department of Environmental Quality for design approvals and permitting.

During the project, the flow of water downstream from the dam will be maintained to protect the habitat of the stream.  Fish within the pond have been captured and transplanted.

“The Rec Center staff will also use the week to complete annual maintenance work within the center. We apologize for the inconvenience to all of our loyal users and we appreciate your patience while we complete this necessary project,” said Ward.

For updated information about the closures during the construction project, call 231-843-5543, or visit the college’s web site,

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