East Lake Park could be reborn by this time next year.
A water quality project, shepherded by Chattanooga's Public Works Department, calls for cleaning up the park's algae-choked duck pond and restoring its natural balance. Before it's over, the 1.75-acre pond will be drained, dredged of sediment buildup and refilled. Concept plans also call for outdoor classroom spaces, a boardwalk and other amenities for the park, which stretches across 18.5 acres in all.
In a recent meeting, Mounir Minkara, manager of the city's water quality program, discussed the project with the Chattanooga City Council.