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Wash Park News
March & April 2015
1. Drop-in volley ball permits are being eliminated. The Denver Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Thursday unanimously recommended a new policy that would limit the space where games like volleyball would be permitted but eliminate the need for most permits.
2. The construction trailers currently parked at Kentucky and Downing are a staging area for a major irrigation upgrade project this spring for the Perennial Garden and west section of the park between the Loop Road and Downing. The Perennial Garden along Downing was designed by S. R. DeBore and built in 1917.
3. The recent fish kill at Smith Lake was due to the lake being frozen and covered with snow which inhibited the algae from producing oxygen.
4. Seven ash trees were recently cut down around the north edge of Grasmere Lake. They were in poor health and the city is proactively removing ash trees that are ailing.
5. During the wetland and foot path project around Grasmere Lake, they left a portion of the old sidewalk unfinished. This portion of the path was not replaced due to anticipated 2 million dollar future restoration of City Ditch. This project is planned to address the significant amount of erosion of the irrigation ditch sidewalls. City Ditch remains the only open portion of the historic canal built in 1861, which remains within the City and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
6. Water is typically turned back on for the Wash Park ditches on or near April 1st.
7. All the water in the ditches and lakes of Wash Park was changed to “recycled water” beginning in 2004 with the completion of T-Rex on I-25 and Denver’s Waste Water Recycling Plant