City to host ‘flooding’ to celebrate opening of Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park

The City of Ocala will host an event to celebrate the flooding and future planting of the Wetland Groundwater Recharge Park at 9:30 a.m. on June 27.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at the park located at 2205 NW 21st St. Construction on the project began in June 2018.

The flooding of the park is a pivotal portion of the construction. Once fully flooded and operational, the park will receive up to five million gallons of treated wastewater a day, which after further treatment and nutrient reduction by the wetland plants, will recharge the Upper Floridan Aquifer. In addition to the nutrient reduction and aquifer recharge, the park also hosts two and a half miles of walking trails and boardwalks that go over the open water and overlooks the scenic views.

This project has been cooperatively funded through the St. Johns River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the City of Ocala.

During the event, light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact the City of Ocala Water Resources Department at 352-351-6772.