Water is in short supply at Debs Park pond

Debs Park Pond in better days | Martha Benedict

Debs Pond in better days | Martha Benedict

One of the rewards for hiking up to one of the highest points in Debs Park is a hilltop pond surrounded by trees and views of the city and mountains. But in recent weeks park visitors have been surprised to discover that the water level in the pond has dropped dramatically. Now, the city is trying to fix a broken water pipe to keep the pond from drying up entirely.

“It is everybody’s favorite feature in Debs Park,” said Martha Benedict, who is chair of the Debs Park Advisory Board. “Park staff is working feverishly to fix the plumbing to restore water to the pond.”

The pond, located near the center of sprawling park,  is an artificial reservoir that can be tapped for irrigation and fire fighting, Benedict said. The water must be replenished manually through a pipe.

But, according to a posting last week ASNC Alert, the 12-inch water pipe that feeds the pond broke on Dec. 4, and at least half of the water had evaporated,  putting fish, turtles and other animals at risk.

It’s not clear why the pipe has remained broken for more than a month. But Fredy Ceja, a spokesman for Councilman Gil Cedillo,  said that a council staff member has been in  “been in constant communication with the Department of Recreation and Parks to prioritize the problem.”

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  1. Don’t worry, Cedillo is on the case.

  2. Cedillo is pretty much worthless, unless it concerns his jazz fest with Pancho Sanchez.

  3. This lake and the park, both located in Montecito Heights, is a neighborhood favorite. It’s sad we have to look to Cedillo for any help here. He’s totally worthless unless we need solar trash cans. He’s all over those.

  4. Unfortunately the lake seems to be a victim of Cedillo’s plan to maintain his base of those with low expectations. The water level has been dropping since October and yet Cedillo’s Office, Parks & Recs as well as Debs Park Advisory Board have been completely out of touch about this despite numerous calls..

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