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Posted on: October 30, 2018

[ARCHIVED] Ribbon Cutting this Friday for Bill Gregory Park Storm Water Treatment Facility

Bill Gregory Stormwater pond

Join us this Friday, November 2nd at 11:00 a.m. for a ribbon cutting for the new storm water treatment facility and improvements at Bill Gregory Park!

Mayor Ashton Hayward and the City of Pensacola invite you to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Bill Gregory Park Regional Storm water Treatment Facility on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. 

In December 2014, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) awarded more than $11 million from its Gulf Environment Benefit Fund to fund a series of six storm water treatment and stream restoration projects designed to aid in the restoration of Bayou Chico. The Bill Gregory Park Regional Storm water Treatment Facility is one of the six projects and features a two-tier treatment train system which will remove debris and contaminants from previously untreated storm water runoff from 37 acres of highly-populated subdivisions and businesses before it enters into Bayou Chico. The ecologically-enhanced detention pond is 2.5 acres and is now home to a variety of plants, birds, and other aquatic animal species. 

The improvements also benefit the surrounding community by encouraging active lifestyles, promoting environmental and conservation awareness, and offering equitable access to quality parks and public space. Bill Gregory Park located at 150 North W Street, spans 5.9 acres and features two youth baseball fields and a concession stand utilized by parent-led youth baseball leagues. Incorporated upgrades and additional elements and amenities include enhanced LED lighting, walking paths, a boardwalk, sitting benches, extensive landscaping, parking and passive reflection areas.

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