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The City’s decision to close the golf course in Fontenelle Park as a part of the Park Master Plan provided an opportunity for the CSO Program.
What once was a public golf course is now a beautiful, expansive park designed for families, fishing enthusiasts, and health-minded people from all over the city. Fontenelle Park has been transformed into a lush community amenity, with trails, picnic tables and an expanded lagoon with habitat that can sustain fish and other aquatic life.
The re-designed park is also an important part of the City’s CSO Program which has created a stormwater detention system at the lagoon—it offers an environmentally-friendly way to capture rainwater and snowmelt to lessen the demands on our city’s sewer systems.
The park’s lagoon was expanded and deepened creating changes that will decrease the amount of stormwater runoff within the park as well as to help clean stormwater from surrounding residential neighborhoods. Vegetation changes in the park’s forests and lawns will increase infiltration of rainfall into the ground.