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Bolivar Park construction project starts November 1

Bolivar Park construction project starts November 1

Construction on the innovative stormwater-capture project coming to Bolivar Park starts Tuesday, November 1.

Starting on or shortly after November 1, the service road on the north side of the park will be closed for the year-long duration of the project. Also being closed for the duration of the project is the park area immediately north of the swimming pool and the two picnic shelters on the north side of the park. The swimming pool and athletic fields will not be closed or disturbed by the construction.

When construction is completed in late 2017, Bolivar Park will have a state-of-the-art irrigation system fed by water from a nearby flood control channel. Currently the park is irrigated with 100% potable (drinking) water. The innovative Bolivar project will clean non-potable stormwater runoff and safely reuse it to irrigate the park. Lakewood is the first city in California to secure state funding to fully construct a project of this type.

When completed, Bolivar will also receive new picnic shelters (such as shown in the graphic above) and new turf in the areas disturbed by the project. The completed stormwater project will be housed completely underground on the north side of the park. The end result will be a win-win for the environment and for improvements to Bolivar Park. 

Work on the project will eventually entail short-term lane closures on Downey Avenue. Advance notice of those closures will be publicized in the Lakewood Connect eMagazine.

If you have any questions about the project, please contact project oversight staff at Willdan Engineering at 562-463-4466 or Lakewood customer service staff at 562-866-9771, extension 2140 or