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Park Pond Celebration Planned for Sept. 17
Dual-function combines function and aesthetics

News Release
Contact: Christina Montoya
915-594-5596 (office), e-mail:

Date: September 14, 2016

WHAT: Pollard Park Pond Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE: Pollard Street and Hamilton Avenue

City Rep. Jim Tolbert and El Paso Water President/CEO John Balliew will join residents to celebrate the completion of Pollard Park Pond, one of several projects that improve flood control in the Government Hills drainage system. The $996,000 project increased the pond's capacity and landscaped the area with a rock wall, trees, plants, and wrought iron gates and fences.

Pollard Park Pond was built on a strip of undeveloped land between Fort Boulevard and Sacramento Street.

"It was a narrow, trash-filled, weed-filled, vacant lot and it's on a slope," says Balliew. "We were able to take advantage of that and create a terraced effect. The area surrounding the pond is nicely landscaped, making for an accessible dual-function park pond facility."

With oversight by the Public Service Board, El Paso Water provides water, wastewater, reclamation and stormwater management services. The utility serves approximately 800,000 people in the El Paso region. El Paso Water is recognized as a national leader for its innovative water supply strategy that includes water reuse, inland desalination and conservation.