New Overflow System is Functioning, Will Have City Park on Top

By KBJR News 1

March 16, 2012 Updated Mar 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northlands NewsCenter)
-- Pedestrians enjoying on the Lakewalk have seen a major construction project going on over the past few years.

It's a huge holding tank that is part of Duluth's sanitary sewer overflow system.

It's a new overflow system, collecting the storm and sewer water that is too much for the city's sanitary system to handle.

It also includes a new utilities operations building and public restroom.

The overflow basin has been functional for the past couple of weeks.

"It's online, we haven't received any flows yet"

But the tank is not the only new addition to the Lakewalk.

"Once the tank is completely finished we will plant a park on top of the roof where we are standing now"

A park with a view of the lake, downtown Duluth and Canal Park.

So on top of the tank where the parks going to be a plastic liner heat molded to this black line where there is going to be 30 inches of soil for trees and plants for people to enjoy.

Along with native plants from four other counties.

"The park on top is going to be dedicated to the four sister cities of Duluth each one with their own area"

The project is expected to be 100 percent complete by late this summer.

The park is about the size of a football field and has multiple access points from the Lakewalk and Lake Street.

Zach Vavricka

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