Ashley Pond Park Improvements Coming Soon

Ashley Pond Park in Los Alamos. Photo by Greg Kendall/


The public is invited to attend a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 in Council Chambers, 475 20th St. to review the 30 percent design plans with Parks Manager Dick McIntyre and consultant Sites Southwest LLC.

Public comment will be accepted during this meeting.

The improvements to Ashley Pond Park are slated for construction beginning February 2013. Design work will wrap up this winter, with a second public meeting at 90 percent design set for mid-November.

The Los Alamos County Council approved funding for this project as part of the County’s Capital Improvement Program with a project budget of $2.2 million.

The changes include improvements to the pond structure for ADA accessibility, water quality and to resolve storm water drainage issues, plus construction of new sidewalks and bulkheads around the pond, new landscaping and water features and a new concert stage at the southeast corner of the pond with the infrastructure for a sound system. 

To make the necessary improvements, the pond will be closed in February so that it can be drained. Activities in the park for large public events may be contained to the grassy former Municipal Building site or its adjacent concrete apron while construction takes place, which is expected to last six months.

The ducks will be relocated by the local group, the Duck Buddies. The County expects to re-open and re-dedicate the pond and park in August 2013, prior to the annual County Fair.

Those unable to attend and provide comments Sept. 20 are asked to visit the project webpage – the County will have the 30 percent design drawings posted the day after the meeting, as well as feature the design posters at the 311 Customer Care Center, 150 Central Park Square. Comments can be e-mailed after the meeting for one week to Project Manager Dick McIntyre.

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