Stormwater projects coming to Bolivar and Mayfair parks
The work to build an environmentally-friendly stormwater capture project is continuing at Bolivar Park and is scheduled to be completed by April 2018.
Also in the works, a similar project will begin at Mayfair Park, starting right after the Pan Am Fiesta in mid-May 2018.
When completed, Bolivar’s irrigation system will transition from using potable (drinking) water to using non-potable stormwater that is treated and pumped from a nearby flood control channel and then stored in the new reservoir under the park.
Lakewood won special state funding to fully pay for the innovative system. When completed, Bolivar Park will also receive new picnic shelters, an updated irrigation system and new turf that will completely hide the reservoir underground—all paid with the state funding.
During construction, most of Bolivar Park remains open, including the ballfields and the two new playgrounds (including the 75-foot zipline).
Lakewood also won special state funding to fully pay for a stormwater capture system to be installed at Mayfair Park. Construction is expected to run from May 2018 to the fall of 2019.
The Pan Am Fiesta will be held at the park both years, although its configuration and location at the park may be adjusted somewhat just for 2019.
Construction will be centered near the Mayfair tennis courts. The existing courts will be demolished during construction, but new courts will be built when the project is completed and paid for by the state as part of the project.
When completed at Mayfair Park, the stormwater reservoir will be fully hidden underground and new turf, landscaping and irrigation will be installed on top.
Lakewood currently purchases recycled water to irrigate Mayfair Park, but by using captured stormwater, the city will be able to reduce its purchase of that water.
Both projects will help Lakewood meet growing state and federal clean water mandates that require that stormwater in flood control channels be captured and reused or cleaned to safe levels prior to discharge in the ocean. In the future, cities will have to use their own funds to pay for such projects, but Lakewood was fortunate to secure special state funding to pay for these two projects, totaling $26 million in cost, which include new park infrastructure when existing infrastructure is disturbed during construction.