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Wed, April 08

Clarkdale reveals plans for wastewater pond
Will be family picnic area if ADEQ approves

Dawn Norman, director of Clarkdale Parks and Recreation Department, and the Parks and Recreation Commission members revealed plans to the council Tuesday night for turning the town’s wastewater treatment plant into a nature and picnic area after it is decommissioned. 
VVN/Philip Wright

Dawn Norman, director of Clarkdale Parks and Recreation Department, and the Parks and Recreation Commission members revealed plans to the council Tuesday night for turning the town’s wastewater treatment plant into a nature and picnic area after it is decommissioned. VVN/Philip Wright

The Clarkdale Town Council held a work session with the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday night to discuss plans for the area around the town's large pond at the wastewater treatment plant. If the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) approves decommissioning the pond, it will be turned into a family picnic and recreation area.

Parks and Recreation Supervisor Dawn Norman told the council that the commission held work sessions Jan. 14 to discuss possible land uses for the current wastewater treatment plant. She introduced Lynda Zanolli, chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission.

"We all went out there and took a tour," Zanolli said. She outlined some of the commission's ideas for the council.

She explained that the plans call for making the area into a picnic and nature park. No athletic fields will be built. Zanolli said the commission sees it more as a place where small groups can gather and maybe have a pickup softball or football game.

Zanolli said the area would include covered armadas, picnic tables and barbecues similar to Riverfront Park in Cottonwood. The large pond on the south side, nearest Tuzigoot, will be partially filled to establish a grass field with picnic tables, according to Zanolli.

The small pond will be fenced off and buffered with vegetation. The existing buildings will be used for public restrooms, and the retaining wall behind the buildings will be reinforced with terraced planters.

The entrance will be relocated to Tuzigoot Road, and a parking area will be located near that entrance.

The council was told that swimming will not be allowed at the site, nor will fishing, if fish are stocked into the pond.

"What will be the primary use?" ask Mayor Doug Von Gausig.

Zanolli said it would be for small groups and families.

"What you want is what we want," Von Gausig said. He told the commission to work out the details.

Town Manager Gayle Mabery said ADEQ must approve decommissioning the pond. "Whatever we envision is still subject to approval," she said.

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