Big improvements are coming to downtown Tavares. The city breaks ground on the Ruby Street Stormwater and Beautification Project today.
The project is designed to improve and protect the water quality of Lake Dora, which has been designated as an impaired lake by the Environmental Protection Agency.
An 8-acre, walkable park will be created, which will consist of a series of beautiful “ponds” and wooden bridges, which will serve as sustainable stormwater treatment area. Floating flower and fauna mats will fill the ponds, which will also contribute to removing pollutants. This cutting-edge stormwater treatment “park” will create a scenic green space addition to downtown.
The city of Tavares is committed to reducing the flow of pollutants into Lake Dora and this aesthetically pleasing stormwater treatment plan utilizes innovative aspects that have never been used in Florida.
In addition to the implementation of new stormwater technology, Tavares will be replacing 80-year old drainage pipes and outfalls, which will resolve the flooding issues that currently plague Ruby Street during heavy rains.
The conclusion of the project will include a complete beautification and streetscape of Ruby Street, including hand-laid Ruby red brick, and comprehensive landscaping and planting of trees. The project is scheduled to be completed in October, 2017.
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