WESTFIELD, NJ — Dredging of Mindowaskin Pond, which was expected to begin around Aug. 1, has been delayed more than a month, according to Westfield Director of Public Works Greg O’Neil. O'Neil said that the Department of Environment Protection will not be issuing any dewatering permits until the middle of September.

“We are delayed for a while but optimistic work will commence in Sepember/October,” O’Neil said.

Once begun, the dredging process will take about three months, Town Administrator Jim Gildea explained to the Westfield Town Council at a meeting in June. The process will include removing sediment and restoring the pond’s banks. Sediment will be dried out on site before it is taken away, he said.

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“It might smell a bit during the process,” Gildea said at that meeting.  “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, including updating the park’s lighting, repairing and replacing its pathways and adding more plantings.