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  • Main construction phase at Agua Caliente Park begins Oct. 14

    Oct 11, 2019 | Read More News
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    The main construction phase for the Pond 1 project at Agua Caliente Park, 12325 E. Roger Road, is scheduled to begin Oct. 14 and extend through the end of November. 

    The work consists of grading and deepening the pond, including hauling soil to Pond 3. The contractor also will install the polymer liner to reduce pond seepage and conserve water and Agua Caliente Park pondconstruct the wildlife island. Heavy equipment has already been staged on site and hauling of material will begin on the 14th. 

    Traffic control will be in place and may cause delays for those using Roger Road. Residents are urged to reduce speeds and watch for flaggers. Agua Caliente Park and its Ranch House Visitor Center and Art Gallery will remain closed during this phase of construction.  

    The first stage of the restoration project, which has been completed, involved draining the pond and then removing select palm trees and invasive cattails, to restore the historic view of the pond and allow native species at the park to thrive in a healthier environment. 

    "We are pleased to be moving into the main construction phase of the Pond 1 restoration project," said Karen Simms, natural resources division manager for Pima County’s Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Department. "The restoration of Pond 1 will help conserve valuable ground water, provide important wild habitat, and ensure that Pond 1 continues as a historic feature of the park for future generations to enjoy."
    More information on the Pond 1 restoration may be found on the Agua Caliente Park website. During the time the park is closed, dog walkers who enjoy using the park can visit McDonald Park at 4100 N. Harrison Road.  

    The 101-acre park features an intermittent warm spring and ponds that are home to an exceptionally rich mix of plants and animals. Water conservation is the driving force behind the multi-stage process to restore the pond and address its long-term sustainability. Seepage from the pond’s bottom has caused significant and recurring water loss, and groundwater from the well is being continually pumped to keep the pond full. The pond is too shallow as the result of erosion and sediment build-up, which has contributed to the spread of invasive cattails.