Lily Pond renovations on display at tonight's Luau


They donned their shades and Hawaiian shirts, added a lei and listened to calypso music to restore the Lily Pond in Mill Creek MetroParks.

The Luau at the Lily Pond Saturday evening was a fundraiser for the pond. Created in 1896, the pond is the oldest man-made body of water in the park.

Estimated restoration cost is $380,000.

Linda Kostka, park development and marketing director, said the event was sold out, with more than 200 reservations made.

Steve Avery, park planning director and landscape architect, said that 660 feet of the third of a mile trail that circles the pond has already been restored, moved farther from the pond’s shore.

Native vegetation has been planted between the shore and the new trail.

A new feature to be added during restoration is a handicapped-accessible observation platform which Avery said will allow visitors to sit or walk and get a better look at the ducks, geese, fish and other wildlife in the pond. The platform will be large enough to fit classes that visit the pond on school field trips.

At the end of the pond farthest from the main parking lot, a boardwalk will replace a portion of the trail. It will stretch over the water.

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