Ugly Dump Site Transformed into Recreation Mega-Facility

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 6, Pg. 47-49

Document Type: Feature article


The civil engineering project selected as the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement of 1981 is described. While other communities bemoan the use and loss of land to refuse disposal, the City of Industry, Calif., has transformed their dumping site into a valuable and beautiful civic/recreation area. Resource reclamation efforts played a major role in the development of the site. Methane gas resulting from the old landfill is now used as a major energy source for the main facilities. Devastated land was rebuilt and landscaped into a two-course golf area with a funicular to transport people between the lower and upper levels. An extensive potable water system with storage reservoirs and pump stations was designed to assure an adequate water supply. Lakes, reservoirs, and irrigation facilities are included on the golf courses to ensure fire protection and irrigation.

Subject Headings: Waste sites | Recreation | Water storage | Reservoirs | Pumping stations | Irrigation | Waste disposal | Industries

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