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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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New Grand Isle park to enhance Island’s water quality

New Grand Isle park to enhance Island’s water quality

The Town of Grand Isle held a ribbon cutting August 20 celebrating a new project aimed at providing water quality improvements for the Island’s community.

The project, called Ninety-West Park, is funded by the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund from the United States Environmental Protection Agency, through the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

DEQ Secretary Peggy Hatch presented town officials with a check in the amount of $853,000 to fund the project.

The town owns a one-acre site adjacent to the marsh on the “back” side of the island on which the system will be built. The Town of Grand Isle acquired the property from the Grand Isle Port Commission.

The Park, which will be located at the corner of Ludwig and Medical Streets, will route storm water runoff that has collected in a canal on the backside of the Island and use a bio-filtration swale to remove contaminants and solids from the water.

In addition to the filter swale, plans for construction include educational components and innovative low impact measures that will serve as a demonstration tool for park visitors.

For example, plans call for construction of a porous concrete and open concrete grid paver parking lot to mitigate runoff. A circular outdoor classroom will feature super pervious pavers and porous concrete and a central rain garden.

The classroom will provide educational opportunities to visitors through kiosk interpretation of many issues, including development and water quality, habitat loss, and bird migration.

Ninety-West Park will include parking, benches, interpretive and educational signs, and observation areas surrounding the swale. Other public needs such as trash receptacles will also be provided. A sign indicating the use of state funding will be included as well.

Bidding on construction is expected to be completed in September of 2015.