Maintaining Theta Pond connections
Thursday, October 17, 2019
The construction barriers have come down, and the updated and improved Greek Walk at Theta Pond is ready for Walkaround. The seven-month project has transformed the main walkway from Monroe Street and University Avenue into the heart of campus.
The five-foot wide wooden bridge on Greek Walk has been replaced with an eight-foot concrete bridge that has architectural designs reminiscent of other buildings on campus. It will be named the “Greek Centennial Bridge” in honor of the Greek Centennial Committee that contributed to the project.
Nick Ouellette, landscape design coordinator, said the work included more than the bridge and connecting sidewalk. Work on the upper pond minimized the possibility for leaks, the earthen spillway between ponds was outfitted with stones, stairways were replaced, drainage was improved in nearby grassy areas, and the stone walls of the lower pond near the bridge were improved.
“Theta Pond has so much history. It’s a meaningful and cherished location for the Cowboy family,” Ouellette said. “The project began after the sidewalk and bridge had degraded, creating a potential safety hazard. The finished product took care of those issues, fits with the look and feel of the campus and will continue to be one of the iconic places at Oklahoma State.”
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