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Update: Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park Event Postponed

Post Date:06/21/2019 3:03 PM

 

OCALA, Fla. (June 21, 2019) – The Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park flooding event scheduled Thursday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. has been postponed due to the formation of a sinkhole in one of the wetland cells.  The sinkhole, discovered Thursday, June 20th, led to a spill of public access reuse water, which has since been contained.

According to City officials, the sinkhole is slated for repair, but they are unable to confirm the repair will be completed in time to move forward with the flood the park event Thursday.  The Florida Department of Environmental Protection will work closely with City staff during the repair process and will advise when plans to flood the park can resume. 

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Water Resources Department at 352-351-6772.

(The original release distributed Monday, June 10 is below for reference.)


 

OCALA, Fla. (June 10, 2019) – The City of Ocala will host an event to celebrate the flooding and future planting of the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park Thursday, June 27, at 9:30 a.m. at the park site located at 2205 NW 21st St.

This event is free and open to the public. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

Construction for the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park began in June 2018. The flooding of the park is a pivotal portion of the construction. Once fully flooded and operational, the park will receive up to five million gallons of treated wastewater a day, which after further treatment and nutrient reduction by the wetland plants, will recharge the Upper Floridan Aquifer. In addition to the nutrient reduction and aquifer recharge, the park also hosts two and a half miles of walking trails and boardwalks that go over the open water and overlooks the scenic views.

This project has been cooperatively funded through the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Ocala.

For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Water Resources Department at 352-351-6772.

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