Most people call the area around the wooden walkways “The Sump.” but some refer to the wide grassy area as Anchor Park and others call it Southern Landing. (I’ll have more to say about all those names next week.)
The 1.3 wetland area was designed to provide stormwater treatment to the 66 acre sub-basin on the northwest side of the lake. It also serves as an outdoor classroom for the college. The city commemorated the changes and re-opened the park on November 15, 2004.
In the past year there have been a lot of changes to the area. FSC removed the pavilion over the concrete pad. That took out a shady area that mainly attracted skateboarders and the occasional PS (parent with stroller). However, to create a prime resting area for lake runners/walkers/bikers the college added some “ancient plant species” and benches under the trees near the walkways.
The college also had the lake front extensively cleaned of old overgrown plants and trees. It made for a much nicer view of the lake. But that work wasn’t enough for the city’s Lakes and Stormwater Division.
Lakeland applied to Swiftmud to remove all the overgrown plants under and around the walkways. The plants simply were the wrong type and in some places were higher than the walkways. The city will refresh the area with low-level plants that should greatly add to the beauty of The Sump. They don’t have the exact plan available yet, but look for planting to start in March.
This aerial view of The Sump shows the old pavilion, but gives a better idea of the current state of the park. The water area under the walkways was choked with very tall plants before the dredging. That area will have low-height plants after March 2007.
Mucking photo by Chuck Welch
Aerial photo from Lakeland Lakes and Stormwater Division.