WESTFIELD, NJ — The dredging portion of the Mindowaskin Pond restoration project is nearing completion, Town Administrator Jim Gildea told the town council during last week’s conference meeting. Because of the wet winter, it took extra time for the materials removed from the pond to dry out, he explained.

According to the town of Westfield’s website, nearly three-quarters of the sediment has already been removed and trucked off-site to a proper disposal facility. 

“They’ve already started repairing or restoring some of the banks and the islands and they’ll be doing that with some of the stone you see out there,” Gildea told the council. The center fountain, which had partially collapsed, is being rebuilt, Gildea said, and electrical lines are being installed.

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According to WestfieldNJ.gov, new trees have been planted on the islands, as well. At the conclusion of the pond restoration work the contractor, T.R. Weniger, will repair the lawn area that was disturbed during the project, it said.

“We’re probably a couple of months away, but it’s really starting to come along,” Gildea said.

Further improvements are planned for the park’s 100th anniversary in June of 2018, including restored pathways, new lighting and more.

The town has entered into a partner for Fish and Wildlife Program agreement with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and New Jersey Audubon, according to its website, which means that USFWS will provide native woody vegetation for planting and NJA will provide technical assistance and some labor for vegetation installation. Westfield also received a $10,000 grant from New Jersey Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership.