EYESORE NEXT DOOR: Filthy Pond in Local Park
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CREATED Jul. 5, 2013
PALM DESERT - Some residents in the Valley are concerned by a retention pond next to the Palm Desert Aquatic Center at Civic Center Park.
They say it's unsightly with the debris floating on the jungle green water, and they're worried about the bugs it attracts.
But others, like Janice Clark who comes to the park every day and passes by the pond, are intrigued by it.
"It doesn't bother me," expressed Clark, "It's kind of interesting to find out what might be in there. Last year, there was a mother duck and five little ducklings in the pond, and I still have pictures. They were really cute."
The body of water is a retention pond specifically built for the swimming pool next door to help clean its filters. Retention ponds are typically found in parks and in neighborhoods to hold water after it rains to prevent flooding. In this particular pond, the water is not draining properly.
"Due to the ground underneath, there's some clay that's down there, so it's not allowing it to leach," said the City of Palm Desert's Economic Development Manager, Ruth Ann Moore.
Moore added that the City's Public Works Department will be re-designing the pond to allow for a better drainage sometime this fall.
As far as the bugs in the pond, she said a mosquito control inspector checks the water every month, and the city's staff is regularly monitoring it for any abnormalities. Currently, the pond doesn't pose any health dangers, according to Moore.
In the meantime, people like Clark have something unique to look at during a visit to the Civic Center Park.
"It's just another interesting feature of a terrific park that we have here in Palm Desert," said Clark.