Work on new stormwater control features started Monday at Ohio’s oldest state park, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The projects at Buckeye Lake State Park in Millersport include a new stormwater retention area and newly paved parking lots, officials said. The project will also include the installation of pervious pavers, which will allow water to naturally percolate below ground, according to park representatives.
ODNR said the project is funded by a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and is part of a plan to manage stormwater and reduce nutrients entering the lake.
“The addition of natural retention areas and other new stormwater management features will help improve Buckeye Lake’s water quality and reduce nutrient loading,” said Jason Wesley, Buckeye Lake State Park manager.
Wesley advised park visitors to plan ahead and be alert to the construction.
“During the next few weeks, visitors should be aware of the construction work occurring at Fairfield Beach and North Shore Boat Ramp, and plan accordingly,” Wesley said.
The Fairfield Beach parking lot and the North Shore Boat Ramp will be impacted by the construction, but the boat ramps at each location will remain open, officials said.
Visitors can call the park office at (740) 467-2690 for more information.
— Staff Writer William Garbe is a senior at the University of Dayton.