A crowd of inquisitive minds were present on Jan. 17 as a group of subcontractors for Arkansas Game and Fish pushed a 40 by 14 foot boat dock into the water at Lake Mirandy in Highland.
The city of Highland obtained a grant in 2011 for a boat dock through the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. This project is separate from the recently completed city park and playground located up the hill from the dock.
The project was fascinating to many, as most had never seen a concrete project of this scale constructed and moved into place. One of the contractors for the project said, in order to achieve the rough surface the prevents slipping and allows grip for vehicles dropping off boat trailers, a piece of corroguated metal was used to trowel the surface.
The concrete was formed and poured on top of two pieces of plastic with a layer of vegetable oil between the thick plastic to help the pad slide off and into the water easily. The dock is elevated on railroad iron and contains a lot of rebar. After pouring and finishing the boat dock, it was allowed to cure for a few days before being slid into its permanent location in the lake by a bull dozer.
The group watched in amazement as the dock seemed to effortlessly float into place. With the dock in place, a concrete approach will be construction and some landscaping will be done. As part of the grant, Arkansas Game and Fish will also stock Lake Mirandy with sport fish to encourage fishing and habitat within the lake, providing an area for families to enjoy throughout the year.