Draw Down of Mirror Pond Underway - Project Will Help Improve Water Quality

Steve Nittolo

Friday, August 29, 2014 at 2:14 p.m.

Manito Park staff today began drawing down Mirror Pond as a starting point of what is expected to be a two month project to improve water quality.

“It will take several days to lower the pond the the right level for work to begin,” said Steve Nittolo, supervisor for the project. “The pond will be lower each day until Monday when we expect it to be near the level necessary for construction,” he said.

Over the next two months visitors can expect to see the pond lowered to a fraction of its normal depth to allow this new project to move forward as funded by The Friends of Manito, the City of Spokane Parks and Recreation Department, and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The project includes: shoreline improvements to prevent erosion, landscape improvements to the north side of the pond, and an Auto-fill system that will conserve water while keeping the water level of the pond at the desired level. The construction period for the project is from September 2nd through October 31st, at which time staff will begin refilling the pond.