Lowe Park Stormwater Project

Picture of Lowe Park Sign

Lowe Park right now is a vacant lot with a big drainage pipe under it that

Drain pipe at the end of Lowe Park with sediment plume
Sediment build-up in Chautauqua Lake at the end of the drain pipe in Lowe Park

drains directly into Chautauqua Lake. The Lowe Park Stream Daylighting/Sediment Capture Project will transform the park into an inviting park from which to enjoy the lake, while simultaneously sediments and nutrients will be removed before they can enter the lake.

Sediment Plume at Lowe park
Sediment plume from the drain pipe in Lowe Park

 

 

The project consists of three parts.:

1 Vortech Chamber

Lowe Park Concept Map with Vortech Chamber
The vortech chamber will be installed on the south side of West Summit Avenue (the side opposite the lake). It is a large underground chamber with three sections. Water enters the first chamber through an inlet pipe and then swirls around circular baffles. Sediments and debris separate from the water as they accelerate to the outside of the water flow due to the same force that one would feel on a spinning amusement park ride. The water then flows over a barrier into a second chamber, leaving the heavy sediments behind. In this second chamber, floatables such as oil, grease, and other debris are separated out. The treated storm water then flows through either a high-flow or a low-flow outlet depending on the amount of water coming in, and travels under the road to Lowe Park.

The vortech chamber needs to be cleaned out on a regular basis to prevent the sediments from entering the Chautauqua Lake. The 2018 Stormwater Management Engineering Study Report done by the independent firm of Barton & Loguidice, D.P.C projects that 16.4 tons of sediment would be prevented from entering the lake through use of the vortech chamber

2. Daylighting and Rain Garden

After the water leaves the vortech chamber it travels under the road and becomes open to the sky (daylighting). The water moves through a system of terraced rain gardens planted with native plants alongside passages for flowing water. The nutrient- laden water will gradually be absorbed into the soil, fertilizing the plants in the rain gardens instead of fertilizing weeds and algae in the lake. 43.7 lbs of phosphorus is expected to be removed annually by the rain garden. As 1 lb of phosphorus fertilizes 1,000 lbs of weed and algae growth, preventing 43.7 lbs of phosphorus from entering the lake would in essence, prevent 43,700 lbs of weeds and algae from growing in Chautauqua Lake.

3. Pocket Park

Currently, Lowe Park is frequently used by people as a place to sit, view sunsets, and enjoy the lake view. The plan for the park is to make it a welcoming place for bicyclists and walkers. A bike shelter, a pavilion with seat wall, and a bridge with a lake viewing seat wall are in the tentative plans. Plantings on the sides of the park would screen the park from neighbors.

Through the Consolidated Funding Application process as part of the Regional Economic Development Council initiative for 2018, the Village of Lakewood has received a grant for $255,951. The grant covers the design and construction of the green stormwater infrastructure improvements at Lowe Park, thereby implementing the Chautauqua Lake Local Waterfront Revitalization Program and Watershed Management Plan.

The vote to accept the grant will take place at the Board of Trustees meeting on January 28, 2019 in the Lakewood Village Hall at 6:30 pm. Voting to accept the money does not mean that plan designs will be rigidly in place. Variations can occur in the design. Please come to the Board of Trustees meeting to support the project, and improve your lake and your village.

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