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Little Sugar Creek restoration photo gallery

Little Sugar Creek design schematic 

                             Project area - 7th Street to Morehead Street

  • 5,940 linear feet of stream restored
  • 1,300 linear feet of concrete cap removed
  • Six years of demolition and construction
  • $3.557 million (stream restoration and uncapping)
  • 54% state grants and 46% Storm Water Services fees
  • Project goal is improved water quality

Cost does not include buying flood-prone land near the creek or constructing the greenway trail


Little Sugar Creek schematic highlighting CPCC 

 CPCC section - 7th to Elizabeth Avenue

Stream before restoration  Stream during restoration  Restored stream 

 Upstream from CPCC 2008

Spring 2011

Same section - summer 2011

Stream and banks before restoration  Restored stream and banks 

 Looking downstream 2007

Same location 2011


Little Sugar Creek schematic focusing on Charlottetowne Ave. 

 Elizabeth Avenue to Charlottetowne Avenue

Before stream restoration  During stream restoration 

 From 4th Street bridge 2007   

  Same section 2010

Stream restoration near 4th Street  Stream restoration completed near 4th Street 

 From 4th Street bridge spring 2011

 Fall 2011

Little Sugar Creek schematic Midtown 

 Midtown Section - Elizabeth Avenue to Pearl Park Way

  Aerial shot during restoration 

 Before restoration 2006
Concrete covers most of the creek

 During restoration 2009

Removing the concrete cap from Little Sugar Creek  Uncapped section being restored  Uncapped and restored Little Sugar Creek 

 Uncapping the
creek 2007

 Same section 2008

Same section 2010

Before stream restoration  After restoration 

 Before restoration 2006

 Same location 2010

Aerial photo of parking lot covering creek  Parking lot removed, creek sparkles in sunlight 

 Parking lot covers creek 2006

 Parking lot is gone 2011

Heavy equipment in stream  Partially restored stream 

 Midtown area 2007   

 Same location 2008

Creating curves in the stream path  Little Sugar Creek 2008  Curve in Little Sugar Creek 

 Adding a curve 2007   

Curve - 2008   

Curve - 2009

Concrete cap covering creek  Uncapped and restored creek 

 Removing the cap 2007

Same location 2010

Beginning to restore the creek banks  Stream restoration  Restoring the stream bed 

Five photos from same location 2007   



Stream restoration nearly complete  Stream restoration complete 



Before restoration    After restoration and greenway completion 

Looking upstream 2006


Same location 2011

Stream before restoration  Heavy equipment restoring stream  Restored stream 

 Looking downstream 2006

  Same location 2008   

 Same location 2010


Little Sugar Creek schematic along Kings Drive 

 Kings Drive section - Pearl Park Way to Morehead Street

Aerial with lots of concrete 2002  Aerial with creek being restored 

 Creek hidden under
concrete 2002

 Creek being restored 2011

Restoring creek  Wetland and restored creek  Vegetation growing around wetland and creek 


 Same location 2009

 Same location 2010

Wetland newly completed  Wetland 

wetland 2009

 Wetland 2010

Aerial of Kings Road and creek 2002  Aerial of Kings Drive and creek 2011 

 Kings Drive and creek 2002

 Same section 2011

Building waterfall  Building waterfall  Waterfall completed 

 April 2008

 May 2008

 June 2008