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(Le Mars) — One of the first projects identified with the Le Mars Community Betterment Project-Phase 2 is the renovation and rejuvenation of the Le Mars Municipal Park. City Administrator Scott Langel says the city hopes to begin work this spring.  Langel says one a priority will be to dredge the pond.

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Langel says the next item will be the renovation of the shelter house.

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Langel says while the renovation is happening with the shelter house and the municipal park, it is important to maintain the park’s historical preservation designation.

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The city administrator says the purpose and goal is to restore the pond water quality so patrons can again swim and enjoy a “beach-like” environment.

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Langel admits the migration of geese and ducks using the municipal pond as a habitat has contributed to the poor water quality.  He says the city has been consulting with state D-N-R officials to learn how to re-locate the wildlife fowl.  Langel says fortunately, the city has several other areas, including Willow Creek and the Floyd River, that should attract the geese and ducks, while allowing residents the opportunity to enjoy viewing the wildlife birds.  Langel says the city also hopes to convert a three-car garage stationed at the park to be used as a campground shower facility.