The rare redwood water tank from the Columbia Gardens is
salvageable and crews are working to make it into an interpretative site.
The water tank, which had been owned privately by Gene Byrnes, will now be transferred to Butte-Silver Bow.
The structure was erected above Columbia Gardens in 1942, but for the last 10 years it has sat empty and slowly
deteriorating near the Belmont Senior Center off Continental Drive. Wood planks inside the tank had loosened, and it was losing its structural integrity.
In March, the East Butte Renovation and Revitalization Agency voted to fund $5,000 in a last-ditch effort to
stabilize the tank. It seems to have worked.
"It's not going to be dismantled," said RRA director Karen Byrnes. "They are moving ahead, and it's looking like its going to be saved."
The long-term goal is to install skylights,
windows, door, lighting and interpretive panels that detail Columbia Gardens. About $2,900 of private funds have already been raised to that end, but more will be needed.
Reporter Tim Trainor may be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 496-5519.