Why is the pond in Liberty Park almost empty?

Right now, only a narrow, shallow stream flows through Salt Lake City’s pond bed.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ducks and geese are shown in a shallow stream at the bottom of the Liberty Park pond on Monday, November 21, 2022.

If you’ve recently taken a stroll in Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park, you might have noticed something unusual: the park’s pond is almost completely empty.

By Monday morning, dozens of ducks and geese had gathered around the narrow, shallow stream that now lies at the bottom of the pond bed. Some swam, but most stood on one foot in the water and icy mud.

The pond was drained to fix a gate that regulates the water level, Luke Allen, community outreach manager for Salt Lake City’s Public Lands Department, told The Salt Lake Tribune.

Workers began draining the body of water on Nov. 1, and it has slowly drained over the past three weeks, Allen said. But the pond will not be in this state for long.

Once the repairs are complete towards the end of December, Allen said the plan is for Red Butte Creek to refill the pond. In the meantime, the current is allowed to continue flowing at the bottom of the bed.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ducks and geese are shown in a shallow stream at the bottom of the Liberty Park pond on Monday, November 21, 2022.

As for the animals frequenting the body of water, Allen said the Department of Wildlife Resources is not concerned.

The wild birds will likely find a new temporary water source, Allen said. And the only fish they know of in the pond are invasive carp “that we don’t want in there anyway.”

A spokesman for the Department of Wildlife Resources confirmed that the agency approved the pond’s drainage in November, which may have killed some fish.

Carp are “not very useful fish,” said DWR spokeswoman Faith Heaton Jolley, noting that they “do a lot of damage to aquatic vegetation in fisheries habitats and reduce water quality in bodies of water.”

Unlike the Sugar House Park pond, which Allen says is drained every year, the Liberty Park pond was last drained five or six years ago.

The pond at Liberty Park used to be drained more frequently, he said, because people walked on the ice and fell through in the winter. Signs in the park instruct people to stay away from ice.

Once the gate is repaired and water can flow back into the pond, it will take a couple of weeks to fully refill, officials said.

(Kolbie Peterson | The Salt Lake Tribune) A sign in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City warns people to stay away from the ice if the pond freezes over.

https://www.sltrib.com/news/2022/11/22/why-is-liberty-park-pond-almost/ Why is the pond in Liberty Park almost empty?

Justin Scacco

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