By Ella Prieto, Managing and News Editor
On Tuesday, the Stine Lake renovations officially began, closing down the popular area of campus. The renovation, which was delayed by the rain, is expected to continue until late Oct. through mid-Nov.
In a message sent through the Student Digest, Director of Services & Communications for Facilities Jennifer Coale explained the cause of this project.
“In 2020 the College made several enhancements to the outdoor living space on Stine Lake. These improvements have been so well received by the students that we have been experiencing challenges with soil compaction and the ability to grow grass in several areas of Stine Lake,” said Coale. “As a result, Facilities will be closing down the main part of Stine Lake beginning Monday, September 25 through the fall, for much needed turf restoration.”
Coale explained to The Gettysburgian that they chose fall to do this work because it provides the best weather for the grass to grow. Additionally, the actual process of putting topsoil and grass seed down will be done within the week, but the time for the grass to properly reestablish itself will take much longer.
The goal of the renovation, however, is to close Stine Lake for a limited amount of time so that it can be used without worry in the spring and for years to come.
Director of the Office of Student Activities and Greek Life Jon Allen said his office also plans for the space to be used for lawn games such as corn hole, spikeball, wiffle ball, frisbee, volleyball, kickball, soccer, bocce ball, pickleball and flag football in the coming future. Thus, once the grass is properly reestablished on Stine Lake, students will be able to utilize the space with more programming and activities.