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UPDATE: Leak repaired in Gypsy Hill Park's duck pond

UPDATE: Leak repaired in Gypsy Hill Park's duck pond

Gypsy Hill Park's duck pond on Friday, July 1.

July 19, 2016 — A leak in Gypsy Hill Park’s duck pond has been patched, and water has been restored to its normal level.

A five-foot hole in the pond was the discovered source of the leak. On Friday, July 8, the City filled the hole with flowable fill, a porous concrete that withstands water, and monitored the water level in the pond throughout the following week to ensure that the patch worked.

Fish that were removed during the repair process are being returned to the pond this week. Visitors can expect to see water that is slightly cloudier than normal until sediment from the pond’s bottom settles, a result of the patching process.

Parks and Recreation staff first noticed a drop in the pond’s water level a couple of days before Fourth of July festivities were scheduled to begin in the park. In an effort to keep the pond full for the holiday weekend, the City pumped water into the pond until festivities concluded, and then shut off the water supply to find the origin of the leak and make repairs. As many fish as possible were relocated to nearby bodies of water until the process was complete.

Leaks in the duck pond are not uncommon and have occurred over the years. However, this was a larger leak that took more time than usual to repair.

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City Working to Repair Leak in Gypsy Hill Park's duck pond

July 1, 2016 — The City is working to increase the water level in Gypsy Hill Park’s duck pond. Currently, the pond is mostly drained from an unidentified leak.

“We first noticed that the pond’s water level had dropped about 12 inches yesterday,” said Chris Tuttle, director of Staunton Parks and Recreation. “We shut off the water supply overnight to see how far the water level would drop and to determine the severity of the leak.”

The City is refilling the pond with water today to increase the water level for holiday weekend events, scheduled for Sunday and Monday in the park. After Fourth of July festivities have concluded, the pond’s water supply will be turned off so that the origin of the leak can be identified and repaired.

The fish are being relocated in the meantime. 

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