In just a few months, Post Falls will sport its own fishing pond built just for children and disabled anglers.
Around 40 volunteers spent much of Saturday shoveling, raking, painting, staining, building and gardening around the now empty Falls Park fishpond - all in anticipation of the future enjoyment kids and people in wheelchairs will get from fishing there.
“It’s going to be neat. We want to take our grandkids here,” said Jacki Badami, a volunteer who helped clean out the bottom of the future pond.
Nearby, volunteers Erin Haight and Doug Fagerness from North Idaho Fly Casters planted willows, dogwood, alder and aspen around the pond.
“The fly club does projects like this and it’s just nice to make the place nicer,” Fagerness said. “If you’re going to build a community, you have to do it and it means little things like this.”
The fishing pond’s dedication is scheduled for June 5.
“The whole idea is for people who wouldn’t normally get the opportunity to do this,” explained Dave Fair, parks and recreation director for Post Falls. “We will not allow adults in there. They can help their children, but they can’t have a pole in their hands.”
That’s fine with the volunteers who labored through their Saturday to fix up the park.
They built platforms for people to cast their lines, stained the bridge spanning the pond, lined the bottom of the pond with sand and other materials to make it impermeable to water and built up rock walls around the pond’s edges.
“It’s not too often that you get to do something that future generations will get to enjoy long after you’re gone. This is that kind of project,” said Del Jaquish, a member of the Falls Park Committee.
“It’s such a fascinating place. It would be a shame for everybody not to have access to it.”
Once the preliminary work is complete, a pipe will be installed that will allow river water to gush into the pond.
The water will empty out the other end, returning to the Spokane River.
That current will make it great for fishing, said Earl Frizzell, conservation chairman for the Fly Casters. “That’s the best pond I’ve ever seen,” he said.
“It’ll be fun to watch this evolve, see the wild roses (that people planted Saturday) take over the bank and see the kids fishing.”