(KCPW News) For the first time in nearly a year, Salt Lake City residents have a clear view of the Liberty Park pond. The eight-foot fences that have surrounded the pond for nearly a year since the Red Butte oil spill were taken down yesterday, much to the surprise and enjoyment of park visitors like Meredith Baker.
“We just come a few times a few times a month, we just come to go walking,” she said. “When we pulled up, I said ‘oh, they got rid of the ugly fence.’ It looks better.”
A Chevron employee overseeing the pond’s re-opening said more sod and rocks are being placed by the pond to make it look better than it did before.
Dana Clark uses the park almost daily and says he is thrilled the fence is down, but he still wants to get a closer look.
“I haven’t looked at all the results,” said Clark. “It looks pretty nice on the surface so we’ll see what lies beneath the surface, but I suspect they did a good job cleaning up. It looks pretty clean out there.”
Clark and other Salt Lake City residents will get a chance to have a very close look the pond this weekend at the “Celebrate the City” event Saturday at Liberty Park. A parade will honor the oil spill’s first responders at 2 p.m.
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