In areas that are marshes, the water will only be a couple of inches deep. The deepest pond will be approximately 10 feet deep.
How long will the project take?
The Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park is currently being worked on. The projected time for the park to be completed and open is Spring of 2020. If you would like to see the complete timeline, please visit the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park homepage.
How many parking spots will be available?
Right now the plan is to have 30 parking spots at the entrance of the park, with a potential for overflow parking nearby.
How much water will be sent to the park daily?
3 - 5 million gallons of water will be taken from both Water Reclamation Facilities
How will this benefit the Aquifer?
This project will have immediate benefits to the aquifer since any additional recharge provided above natural rainfall driven recharge is a benefit.
To be clear, this project is not going to solve all of the water limitations in the area; however, it will be an improvement to how the aquifer is managed today.
The benefits should be realized in volume. The City will be returning 3 to 5 million of gallons of water per day (mgd) to the aquifer and the benefits can be realized from Day 1.
Steady state (in other words, when the water mound beneath the wetland is stabilized and water is going in steadily to the aquifer) should occur within a month or so. We expect this rate to be on the order of 3 to 5 mgd based on what we are seeing in the field with regards to soil types and geology.
I live near the park, how will this affect me?
Based on previous Wetland Parks throughout Florida, it has been shown that the property values surrounding the park have increased. The common response from residents living near a recharge park are very positive.
This is replacing a Disc Golf Course, what is the recreational benefit to having this park?
The park will be equipped with many recreational options which include walkways, boardwalks, educational kiosks, wildlife observation overlooks, and more!
What impact will this park have on local schools?
It is our hope and one of our ultimate goals for the park to be utilized for school functions and field trips. It is a great way to incorporate STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) programming and hands-on learning into the curriculum.
What is the plan for the invasive species that currently inhabit the park area?
We will do our best to eliminate the invasive species through removal. The park is an area in which the goal is for local, native species to thrive, and we don’t want them to have the competition of invasive species.
Where does all of the excess water go now?
Currently some of the water is used for local irrigation, and the rest is used for agricultural spraying.
Why wouldn't we just want to keep the water there?
The ultimate goal is to reduce the nutrient loading of the springshed. A Wetland is a natural way of filtering out these excess nutrients.
Will it just be a pond?
The Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park will span 30 acres. There will be a pond, however, it will also include multiple different marsh areas. These marsh areas are wonderful for wildlife habitat, and viewing. They allow for different grasses and plants to grow, providing a food source and shelter for many of the parks native residents.