WESTFIELD, NJ — Dredging of Mindowaskin Pond is expected to begin in about a month, Town Administrator Jim Gildea announced during the town council’s most recent conference meeting.

“The goal was to have the project started by August first,” Gildea told them. “We’re in that range.”

The process will take about three months, he explained, and will include removing sediment and restoring the pond’s banks. Sediment will be dried out on site before it is taken away.

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“It might smell a bit during the process,” Gildea said.  “It should be a very messy project but a necessary one.”

The park will remain open throughout the project, he said.

More projects are planned for Mindowaskin Park during 2017 in anticipation of the park’s 100th anniversary in June of 2018, he said, including updating the park’s lighting, repairing and replacing its pathways and adding more plantings.