Do you think Cape's Dam should be preserved?
The City of San Marcos will be presented with a conceptual proposal Oct. 15 during their work session regarding the restoration of Cape’s Dam. The Hays County Commissioners Court approved an agreement for a rendering showing what Cape’s Dam, the mill race and Stokes Park could look like in the future if the dam is restored.
The Historical Commission spent $5,187.50 of their operating budget on the creation of a conceptual master plan for the Cape’s Dam preservation project. The proposal includes illustrations depicting historical and ecological significance, as well as the economic and recreational importance of the dam and the mill race it creates.
The fate of Cape’s Dam has been the subject of a years-long controversy. On one side are those who want to see the dam removed, based on information in a report from Thom Hardy, Ph.D., from the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and on the dam’s questionable safety after recent floods. On the other side are those who believe the dam should be restored because of its historical significance and the use of the mill race by kayakers and others who seek a gentle stretch of water for recreation.