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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Sinkhole causes 1.5 million gallon spill at Ocala Wetland Recharge Park

The Ocala Wetland Recharge Park reported another 1.5 million gallon spill of public access reuse water due to a sinkhole in one of its cells, its second in the past seven months.

According to a press release from the city of Ocala Water Resources Department, the spill occurred this morning at the Ocala Wetland Recharge Park, which is located at 2205 NW 21st Street, after a sinkhole formed in Wetland Cell 3.

The department says the water involved in the spill from the cell, which is slated for repair, has been “treated and presents no danger to the public or surrounding area.”

“Subsurface subsidence’s are an anticipated component of the park due to the karst topography below ground. They present no danger to the public or the environment,” reads the city’s press release.

Since 2019 when the park was first slated to open, multiple sinkholes have produced spills.

In June and July of 2019, sinkholes in the same cell resulted in millions of gallons of public access reuse water spilled. 

In March of 2021, a separate 1.5 million gallon spill was reported by the park in the same  cell. At the time, the city cited the cell was “slated for repair.”

During the October 5 meeting of the Ocala City Council, park officials estimated that over 64,000 visitors have passed through the park since it opened in September 2020.