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Gainesville building pond along Midtown Greenway
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Gainesville will be acquiring a property on Banks Street near the Midtown Greenway for a stormwater pond to be built in 2020. - photo by Megan Reed

Gainesville Water Resources is building a new stormwater pond near the Midtown Greenway that will help with water quality along Flat Creek and serve as a feature along the greenway.

The Gainesville City Council voted Tuesday to acquire the 0.4-acre property at 422 Banks St. from Liberty Utilities, which no longer uses the property. The city is paying $95,000 for the land, which is near the Public Safety Complex and along the Midtown Greenway.

Water Resources Director Linda MacGregor said the property is on the upper end of Flat Creek, and the pond will filter stormwater.

“It used to be just that ponds were for water quantity, so all they did was provide a place for the water to flow down, and they were usually ugly. Some of them were even totally (made of) concrete,” MacGregor said. “... Now, the design of ponds has a natural element to it that filters the stormwater.”

The pond is still being designed but will include some plants around the top and sand underneath it for filtration.

“If you drove by it when it’s complete, you wouldn’t say, ‘that’s doing water quality.’ You would just say they planted some nice plants there,” MacGregor said.

Construction on the pond is set to begin in the summer and should take about nine months, MacGregor said

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