Community Celebrates Ashley Pond Park Improvements

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers, with County and project officials, cuts the ribbon at Friday’s rededication celebration of Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd begins to gather Friday afternoon for the ribbon cutting, rededication and celebration of Ashley Pond Park in downtown Los Alamos. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Friday’s celebration took place at the site of the new covered concert stage. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Friday’s windy afternoon didn’t deter the crowd from celebrating the improvements at Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Staff Report

Community members, dignitaries, County officials and project representatives gather Friday afternoon at Ashley Pond Park for a rededication and ribbon-cutting ceremony following a major renovation project.

“There’s nothing better to say at the completion of a project then it came in on time and on budget,” Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers told the crowd. 

The Ashley Pond Park improvements cost $2,226,000 and began last year after it was discovered that the pond itself was in the early stages of eutrophication – a depletion of oxygen in the water and the process by which a body of water becomes rich in dissolved nutrients from fertilizer or sewage, thereby encouraging the growth and decomposition of oxygen-depleting plant life and resulting in harm to other organisms.

The project improvements included increasing water quality and resolving storm water drainage issues and enhancing ADA accessibility. The project also included construction of new sidewalks and bulkheads around the pond, new landscaping and water features, and a new concert stage with a removable cover at the southeast corner of the pond with an electrical infrastructure to support lighting and a sound system for events.

The Duck Buddies organization was recognized at Friday’s event for relocating the ducks from the pond during construction, caring for them and returning them to the pond upon project completion.

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers welcomes the crowd and recognizes dignitaries and those involved in the Ashley Pond Park Improvements project. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Councilor Geoff Rodgers addresses the crowd. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Historical Society Board of Directors President Ron Wilkins presented the historical aspect of Ashley Pond Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The Bobcats Choir from Barranca Mesa Elementary School performs at Friday’s Ashley Pond Park celebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd applauds Consul General of Mexico Mauricio Ibara Ponce de Leon at Friday’s clebration. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd recognizes NNSA’s Environmental Programs Office Manager Pete Maggiore, center. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos County Administrator Harry Burgess with his wife Jacqueline. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

County officials attended Friday’s event. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The White Rock rock features Friday’s Ashley Pond Park rededication ceremony. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

 

 

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