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Fallsmead@50 Fun Facts
A Dam in the Woods
Posted on July 11, 2018 11:23 AM by Melani Miller Harig
In 1983, the City of Rockville proposed building a 21-foot tall gabion dam in the woods above the Pipestem entrance to the park to aid with stormwater management. The proposed structure would have stood 18 feet above the streambed and would have been topped with a 3 foot wooden railed walkway (in total, about the height of a 2-story Fallsmead home). According to residents at the time, during a major storm, the dam would cause water to back up behind it and create an 18-foot deep lake. Residents opposed the dam, and it was obviously never built.
Source: May 1983 Fallsmead Forum and Fallsmead History Page. Fallsmead woods photo courtesy of Dean Wight from the Photos from Your Neighbors Photo Album
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We hope that you enjoyed reading these Fallsmead@50 Weekly Fun Facts throughout 2018 about Fallsmead's history and important events in Fallsmead's past as much as we enjoyed writing them! Although they ended at the conclusion of our 50th anniversary year in 2018, you can continue to access them here. They are still open for comments, so please feel free to share your thoughts and memories!