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Hide-A-Way Hills completes new dam

HIDE-A-WAY HILLS, PA - For the first time since 2014, the Hide-A-Way Hills community will have full access to the private community's largest lake after completing dam construction late last year. Hide-A-Way Hills Club residents privately funded a $3 million dam construction project to restore the 110-acre Lake of Four Seasons after problems were discovered with the dam in November 2013. "There were horizontal cracks, which was probably due to sub-par construction 50 years ago," said Jim Krygier, chairman of the Hide-A-Way Hills management committee. Krygier was charged with educating residents of the dam's structural issues to raise funds, which resulted in each of the 700 households paying about $4,000. Krygier said it was a challenge to inform residents that they needed to privately finance the work as the work on Buckeye Lake's dam was state funded. The difference is Buckeye Lake is a state park. If it hadn't been funded, property values would have decreased.

 

"If you're in a lake community, you need a lake," Krygier said. The dam was originally constructed in 1965 and cost about $500,000, according to the club's website. Fundraising and planning of the new dam took about two years and required assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Construction began in the summer of 2016 and is complete minus some landscaping around either side of the new spillway. The new dam increased the lake's surface area by about 70 feet, improved the boat launch ramp and is expected to last at least another 50 years.

Krygier said residents are looking forward to the full use of the lake this year. "In 2014, 2015 and 2016 we haven't been able to use the lake fully, only canoes and kayaks," Krygier said. Last week Krygier estimated lake levels are about one foot below normal pool. Boats will return to the water on April 29.

Thank you, Ron