The common use of the word “Eruv” has come to be applied to the actual border around the neighborhood. That border may consist of:
(1) existing architectural boundaries,
(2) existing geographical boundaries and,
(3) existing and newly constructed boundaries which are made of two posts with a wire stretched over them to create a halachicly approved tzuras hapesach, or doorway.
The West Side Eruv consists of all three. Existing fences and the exterior walls of houses and garages are being utilized. The steep hillsides and precipices cut by the stream which runs through the Lakewood Gulch Park (which is south of 12th Avenue) are being utilized. The electrical wires which run directly on top of the utility poles are being utilized. And special wires and posts have been installed where none of the three former details existed. Once the Eruv was completed, permission was granted for our special use of the area within the Eruv by the Mayor and a proper Eruvei Chatzeros was made.
(A) Construction costs: these include design costs, government permits, a liability insurance policy, costs of actual construction, and travel and consultation costs for a Rav Hamachshir.
(B) Maintenance costs: these include the salary of the weekly inspectors, annual insurance costs, repair and maintenance costs and the cost of maintaining a telephone line for the dissemination of Eruv information after the weekly inspection has been made.
Our Eruv cost approximately $15,000 to construct (in 1995). The annual maintenance costs have run between $3500 and $5300 These figures vary depending on the amount of repairs which become necessary.
On the North: 17th Avenue
On the East: the alley between Osceola and Perry Streets
On the South: the “Gully” (Lakewood Gulch Park)
On the West: the alley between Zenobia and Sheridan
The actual borders zig zag back and forth. In order to make sure that one does not carry outside the border of the Eruv one should confine him/her self to within the following area while carrying on Shabbos:
THESE ARE THE LIMITS WITHIN WHICH
ONE MAY CARRY ON SHABBOS
On the North: A good portion of the sidewalk on 17th Avenue is NOT within the Eruv, as there is a zig zig configuration crossing and recrossing the Avenue. This boundary was necessitated by the requirement to keep the span of the wires as short as possible. The existing poles which make up the Eruv are on people’s front lawns along 17th Avenue and thus exclude portions of the sidewalk on the south side of the street. No part of the Sloan’s Lake Park is within the boundary of the Eruv.
On the East: One may carry on either side of Perry Street between 12th and 17th Avenues, including the full depth of the properties on the East side of the street.
On the South: One may carry on Wells Place, also called 12th Avenue, which is the Alley running parallel to the Gully between Perry and Zenobia Streets. One may not carry in the Gully Park (Lakewood Gulch Park) since the Eruv excludes almost all of the foot paths in that Park. The Nettie Moore Playground, between Tennyson and Utica, and the lawn around it, are inside the Eruv.
On the West: One may carry on both sides of Zenobia Street from 12th to 17th Avenue including the full depth of the properties on the West side of the street. One should be careful at the 12th Street end of the west side, as the border of the Eruv runs on an oblique from the Bais Yaakov fence into 12th Avenue. One should not carry in the Alley between Zenobia and Sheridan or in the parking lot of the new Walgreens at the corner of Zenobia and Colfax (the old ARC Store.). If your house borders on this alley and you have the need to carry into it please call the Eruv Committee and they will physically show you the limits of the Eruv. The actual border of the Eruv in the area of Zenobia and Colfax may change between January and July of 2006 so those who walk in this area on Shabbos need to keep themselves well informed.