Riverbend Park Builds New Soccer Field After Oroville Spillway Emergency

It's been one year since the Oroville Spillway Emergency, but areas are still recovering from the effects of the flooding.

Posted: Aug 28, 2018 4:16 PM

OROVILLE, Calif. -  One year after the Oroville Spillway Emergency, Riverbend Park is still working on recovery efforts including the rebuilding of a brand new soccer field. 

Shortly after the Oroville Dam spillway broke last year, Riverbend Park flooded, causing extensive damage. 

"It was a different place out here," said Craig Gurney, owner of Sierra Landscape. "It looked like a desert that had been underwater for a month." 

There were several features in the park destroyed, one of the biggest being the soccer field. 

"When the water came in, it was as high as this building behind us, which is 12 feet high," Gurney said. 

Gurney's company originally installed the field six years ago, and now they are back to re-build it after the incident. 

This time, the company plans to include a lot of new elements including biochar, a charcoal that is used as a soil amendment. 

"It lasts a lot longer than soil amendments and it holds more water, helps save about 30 percent more water than what you would use," said Shawn Rohrbacker, project manager at Melton Design Group. 

To protect the park from future flooding, irrigation has been moved up to the hills and sediment barriers have been set up. 

Today, crews began laying down turf for the field which is expected to take another two days. 

The entire field is expected to be ready for use by October, after the grass settles in for a few weeks. 

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