BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) - A new feature is springing to life at Delaware Park. The new water fountain will help clean up Hoyt Lake.
After almost three years in the works, the Hoyt Lake water fountain become reality Wednesday on a bright sunny day in Delaware Park with the support of several government agencies including the city, EPA, Riverkeeper and Army Corps of Engineers.
“The actual installation was quite an adventure. The city lent us their crane and crane operator and our staff worked really hard,” said Thomas Herrera - Mishler, President of Olmsted Parks.
Meant to recreate a fountain in place during the 1890s, the cascade of water will serve two purposes; to naturally aerate the lake thus improving lake quality, and to add to the esthetics of one of the Frederick Law Olmsted's signature parks.
“Part of my walking trips when my children were younger was going around this lake with a stroller and you always had to hold your nose when you got to this end,” said Assemblyman Sean Ryan.
The fountain is just one part of the reclamation plan for the lake. Cut off from Scajaquada Creek in the 1970s, the City of Buffalo has also engineered fresh water wells that now provide a constant inflow of clean water into the lake. Hopefully, it's going to make a work of difference.
“I like it. It looks pretty cool. We were just talking about that actually. It looks nice. It looks good on the lake,” said walker Linda Donati.
Sediment testing will determine whether an additional fountain will be added and then it's on to cleaning up the creek.
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