LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - A lagoon in an Indiana park has been partially drained and now undergoing a dredging project as part of a larger plan to improve the recreation area.
The dredging at a lagoon in Lafayette’s Columbian Park park is expected to be done in October, the Journal and Courier reported. Crews started the $456,000 project in line with the third stage of the park’s $9.1 million improvement plan.
“It’s such an amazing project that’s going to have such huge impact on this overall park,” Claudine Laufman, Lafayette parks superintendent, said. “And literally people stop by every single day and ask questions.”
The lagoon was constructed in 1876 and is in the shape of “G” to honor then-Mayor Dr. Elias B. Glick. It will feature four fountains that will aid in aeration. Water will flow naturally into a biofiltration system of aquatic plants, which will help filter the water.
Laufman said the parks department is working with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue’s aquatic science department to build a new, sustainable ecosystem because of a lack of aquatic life. The park will also work to sustain fish species, including channel catfish and largemouth bass.
Bikes, oil drums, and a stolen plaque were among the items found at the bottom of the lagoon after it was drained. About 2,700 fish were recovered and relocated.
After the dredging is finished, Laufman said work will begin on Memorial Island that includes plans to build a new bandshell and install boardwalks.
Phase three of the construction also includes a new park entrance, new road access, landscaping and a small wedding venue area. It is expected to be finished in June 2021.
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