Long Beach to Celebrate Grand Reopening of El Dorado Park West Duck Pond
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~ Long Beach residents can now rejoice as the El Dorado Duck Pond has officially reopened after undergoing a major refurbishment. The project, which began in September 2022, was completed just in time for summer and is set to be celebrated with a grand reopening event on Thursday, June 27, 2024.

The special event will feature speeches from Mayor Rex Richardson, Fourth District Councilman Daryl Supernaw, and representatives from the Departments of Parks, Recreation and Marine and Public Works. Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting and explore the revitalized duck pond and surrounding recreational area.

Mayor Richardson expressed his excitement for the reopening of the El Dorado Park West Duck Pond, stating that it is a symbol of the city's commitment to preserving its natural beauty. He also emphasized the importance of creating healthy and safe spaces that promote community, recreation, and environmental stewardship.

Aside from enhancing recreational amenities such as upgraded walking paths and new California native landscaping, the El Dorado Duck Pond Project also supports Long Beach's water conservation efforts. The project includes a reconfigured water circulation system with new filtration and disinfection systems that will improve water quality and reduce the use of potable water by utilizing reclaimed water for the adjacent golf course. Additionally, efforts were made to restore the pond liner to support its ecological function and habitat.

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Councilman Supernaw also expressed his delight at seeing this beloved landmark restored to its former glory. He acknowledged that the El Dorado Duck Pond holds a special place in the hearts of community members who visit to relax, connect with nature, and create lasting memories with loved ones.

Funding for this project was made possible through various sources including Long Beach Measure A, Los Angeles County Measure W grant funding from the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Grant, as well as federal grant funding in partnership with Long Beach Utilities (formerly known as Long Beach Water Department). The Long Beach City Council approved the funding in April 2022.

Residents can find more information about the project on its dedicated webpage. With its completion, the El Dorado Duck Pond is ready to welcome back visitors and continue to be a beloved part of the Long Beach community.

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