Retaining Wall Project

Monday, April 13, 2015 7:22 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

This afternoon kicks off the retaining wall project that will be built along the Lakewood Blvd section on the other side of the clubhouse pool wall. This retaining  wall is needed to stop the erosion of dirt that occurs after each rainfall and will beautify the environment around the clubhouse.

Volunteers from Lakewood Gardens and Lakewood Aquatics will meet at 4pm at the clubhouse to begin mapping out the wall location and start digging the trench to form the base layer. This project will be supervised and directed by Joe Martinez (father of long-time LGCA member Chris Martinez.)

Once the first layer is leveled, the interlocking retaining wall blocks can be stacked. As an additional security measure, we will be applying "thinset" between each block so that they cannot be removed after installation.

After construction is completed, dirt will be added to fill in the low places. Then the landscape design will take place along with a drip irrigation layout. We plan on planting California Native plants that are drought-resistant and will need to be watered for only the first two years, since they will be established by then and will no longer need to be watered. This will help our environment and keep water usage down.

Our partner & neighbor, Garibaldo's Nursery, will supply, install the plants and maintain the landscaping in the planter. 

Many thanks to our partners for making this project happen: Joe Martinez, John Moore (Lakewood Aquatics) and Garibaldo's Nursery!


  • Monday, April 13, 2015 8:25 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Today was a great first day! We had plenty of wonderful volunteers who were able to get the trench dug for the entire project. Tomorrow morning we will have the blocks delivered and will begin building the actual wall. Thanks everyone for your hard work today!!
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    • Monday, April 20, 2015 7:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
      The retaining wall is done! Thank you to all of our VOLUNTEERS who put in their time and effort to get this job completed.

      All we need to do now is the backfill the retaining wall with gravel, then fill it in with dirt.

      Then we install our drip irrigation system and finally plant our landscape design. We plan on using California native plants that use the least amount of water and look great!

      Another step in our beautification of the LGCA Clubhouse done!
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  • Tuesday, May 05, 2015 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are now in the process of back filling the retaining wall with gravel to prevent hydro-static water pressure from building up behind the wall. Once that's done we can start getting the drip irrigation and landscape designs done. Then all that's left is to start planting!
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