A look at the East Lake Park renovations and timeline

The pond in East Lake Park is seen on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga Public Works has reached the design phase for renovations to the historic park.
photo East Lake Park is seen on Thursday, June 22, 2017, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Chattanooga Public Works has reached the design phase for renovations to the historic park.

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.

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