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Community Park pond closed to comply with reuse water regulations

Post Date:01/24/2020 1:53 PM

The City has closed the Community Park pond to dogs to comply with reuse water regulations from the Colorado Department of Public Health (CDHPE).

Since 2006, both residents and visitors have used the pond adjacent to Community Park as a swimming area for their furry friends. Although this pond is an amenity to the dog park, it is primarily a holding vessel for reuse water to accommodate the park's irrigation. Reuse water (also known as ‘reclaimed’ or ‘recycled water’) is wastewater treated for specific purposes such as irrigation, but is not suitable for drinking.

In September, the City received information from CDPHE mandating the discontinuation of all recreational uses of reclaimed water in Colorado. The City drained the pond and filled it with potable water (also known as ‘drinking water’) as a temporary solution to finish the season. On January 21st, the City made the decision to permanently close the pond to ensure the safety and health of the community.

The closure of the pond at Community Park will not affect other areas of the dog park or the Dog Off-Leash Area at Davidson Mesa. For questions or more information, please email parksandrec@louisvilleco.gov or call 303.335.4735.

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