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Under Construction: The Ponds At Brookside Gardens

The renovation work is anticipated to last approximately 8 months.

Certain sections of Brookside Gardens are fenced off for renovation work. (July 30, 2013) Photo Credit: Esther French
Certain sections of Brookside Gardens are fenced off for renovation work. (July 30, 2013) Photo Credit: Esther French
Brookside Gardens in Wheaton has long been a favorite local spot to enjoy a beautiful summer day.

But along with the birdsongs you can now hear the sounds of a bulldozer.

Renovation work began in May on the Gude Garden portion of Brookside Gardens. The goal is to improve water quality by stabilizing the banks, dredging the ponds and repairing the dams, according to a notice posted at the construction site.

The work is anticipated to last 8 months.

Meanwhile, the other sections of Brookside Gardens remain open.
Will N. July 30, 2013 at 02:35 PM
I'm not saying this in an accusatory manner, but I'm just curious as to why they couldn't do this in winter when park usage is way down?
Leslie McDermott August 08, 2013 at 08:08 AM
Hi Will N. - thanks for asking this question. In order to restore the ponds to their original depth and make fortify the banks, the material dredged from two of the ponds at Brookside Gardens is being used to fill the third pond. This requires the dredge material to be stockpiled and dried before it can be used as fill. This could not be accomplished in the winter due to colder temperatures. I'll be happy to answer any additional questions. Thank you again for inquiring. Leslie McDermott, Manager of marketing and Media Relations for Brookside Gardens
Will N. August 08, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Much appreciated...thanks Leslie.

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