EAST WENATCHEE — A former grass-covered sledding hill near Eastmont Junior High School is gone, sacrificed to progress — and the need to expand and fence in a stormwater retention pond.
In its place is a sculpture — a 70-foot wide big "E" that took shape last week, formed with a metal ring and three kinds of rock.
A joint project between the Eastmont School District and the city of East Wenatchee, it is designed to break up what would otherwise just be a ballast rock hill.
Devon Pettit of RH2 Engineering said after completing the 10th Street N.E. project, which added parking for the ballfields and reconstructed the road, there had to be accommodation for stormwater.
“As part of that project, we partnered with the school and were able to get the water volume we needed by expanding the school pond rather than pursue other land acquisitions,” Pettit said.
One of the goals of the rock design project was to maintain some positive landscaping, Pettit said. Grass could not be maintained on the steeper grade.
Alternatives were considered for the landscaping and ultimately the big “E” was selected.
“We were already working there so the change in cost wasn’t much. This was something more aesthetic than just gray rock,” he said.