WINSTON-SALEM—It has been months since Salem Lake was partially drained for construction of a new dam.
The old damn was built in 1919 as a way to provide fresh water for the city of Winston-Salem. The project to replace it, about 100 feet downstream is scheduled to be completed by March of 2012. The total cost is expected to be $10 million.
While the 285 acre lake is closed to fishing and boating this summer, some are still enjoying its beauty. Winston-Salem resident Jamie Gaspari comes to the lake almost daily with his 2-year-old daughter Lena.
"I come down here to run, we come down here to walk sometimes, and I ride my bike down here quite a bit, as well," said Gaspari.
Parts of the lake near the Northern end look have become overgrown with grass, appearing like a meadow with a stream in the middle. Even though construction is underway to replace the 92-year-old dam, some of the docks are sitting on the lake bed, with the rusted frame of a sunken boat visible nearby.
While a lot of residents are still enjoying the lake, they are looking forward to the day the project is finished.
"It'll be nice to have it back up to its more beautiful self,'' said Gasperi.