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North Toledo park to close for water storage construction

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Changes are coming at Joe E. Brown Park in north Toledo. The park will become home to a new underground storage basin to increase storm water and sewage capacity in the city.

Since 2002, the city has been making various improvements to the sewer and storm water systems to reduce pollution through the federally-mandated Toledo Waterways Initiative.

The baseball diamond, picnic shelter and playground equipment at the park will all have to give way for a $70-75 million project to build a 36 million gallon storage basin.

"We're going to be protecting our waterways, making our waterways cleaner by not allowing sewage to overflow into the river," said Robin Whitney, Toledo Engineering Services Commissioner. "This is our largest project, so it's going to be a major undertaking."

According to Whitney, work will start in January, 2015, and the park will be closed for three years for construction. However, when it's all done, she says the neighborhood will have an improved park.

"The ball diamond will be restored and improved. We're going to put new bleachers in, some other amenities. We're putting in tennis courts. We're putting in walking paths they currently don't have," she said.

Shirley Jordan has lived near the park for the past 13 years. She's hoping the city will keep neighbors in the loop.

"Informed as to what's going on," Jordan said. "I'm fine with what's happening here. Anything to improve the area."

The city will host an informational meeting on Nov. 18, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks Elementary School, 3350 Cherry Street.     

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