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Remediation plan restores balanced ecosystem to historic Wyoming lake

O n any given day community members in Cheyenne , Wyoming , convene in and around Holliday Park for a variety of recreational uses . Some bring picnic lunches , others use the space to exercise , and most just simply enjoy the views of historic Lake Minnehaha .

But it wasn ’ t long ago that the now peaceful , picturesque body of water looked more like split pea soup – and smelled putrid .
“ We had a lot of citizen complaints about the smell ,” said Rick Parish , the City ’ s director of Parks and Recreation . “ It was just an eyesore located in the center of the City , which was a real concern because it ’ s our second most popular park for usage .”
By Jennifer Schmidt
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Connector provides safe passage to park The project also made travel safer for vehicles. Hendon explained that two formerly skewed side streets on the south end of Holliday Park were realigned to form 90-degree angles where they intersect with Nationway, improving driver visibility. Ayres coordinated with the Wyoming Department of Transportation to shut down the highly traveled Lincolnway for two-and-a-half days during installation of the underpass. A round the same time the conceptual study for Lake Minnehaha’s ecological mitigation was under development, additional Ayres staff were hired to design a pedestrian underpass at the south end of Holliday Park. Now complete, the underpass is making for safer travel across a busy, four-lane state highway and nonstop travel from Holliday Park to the Greater Cheyenne Greenway. “It’s sort of the big draw, the big greenspace in the heart of the community,” said Jeff Wiggins, senior planner for the City of Cheyenne Parks and Recreation Department, referring to Holliday Park. “We have a quarter to a third of our population working in the downtown area, and the park is a gathering point for the entire community – so it was an important destination for us to be able to get to with our greenway system.” Cheyenne’s greenway system weaves its way throughout the City. Before the underpass’ installation, though, trail users looking to enter the park were stopped in their tracks when they came to Lincolnway, sai BF&6VFFW6vVvVW"&W0)H%E$TE0766FW>( 6WVRff6RFpFBW7FFVB#rfV6W0G&fVrF26V7FbFPvv( FRw&VVvW7B7FVBFP6WF6FRbƖ6vBFVbFR7VFFVRvB&VwV 2fB6FWvƲBBFvFFPƖvBBW6FR'WGFBvBFv7&72FRvvFvWBFFP&( VF6B( ėBv266W76&RBBfVBƖR@v2'VB( vvv2FFVBख7FƖrFRVFW'726V7FV@FRw&VVv77FV6FR@WG6FRbFR&r6WFRG&BvfrVR6fW"V2b7&76rFR'W7vv( vWGFrVRFFR&2אf'7B&&GBvRFB( vvv06B( &Vf&RRB&VG2`G27G&W'2fƷ2&R@fBVFW&ǒVrBWfW'Fp&WGvVVBFWvW&R6GFpFW&Rvr( vVWrFvWB7&70W&SF22&Vǒ7G( Bv2f@WBFvW&W26RFG'B7&70FR&B6F2FRV6P&fVVB( Р( FW&^( 2BbG&ff2Ɩ6vBFWvVBW2F6WBFPvRFrFv6FBvR6V@WBFRVFW'72R6BFW'v6RBvVN( fR&VV@vW"67G'V7F( 6BVFVFrFBv&FR V7BvW7BFvFv6V7F 67W'&VBg&g&FgFW&FV&ǒF&rFFV7&V6P7G2FFRG&fVƖrV&Ɩ20V6276&Rvvv26BR&V6FVBVF( 0Vff'G2GW&rFR67G'V7F6R6r6Rv2( ƖfV&R2Ɩ6( Ю( F&6'F7V"v2FR@W'6f"bFB( R6B( 6Pv2fW'F&VvfW'FVvFgVBFR7W&RFBFw2FF( @vWB7vWBVFW"FR'Vr6P'&VvB77VW2FB&6RFRfV@VFFVǒFW2B67VFVBvFW2FfB&V6&R6WF( ФFW2vvv26B6^( B6P&6vFF&VR"fW"76&P6WF2( 2vFW'2( 6Rv2w&VBǒB767FVBW2F&VvF0vR&6W72( R6B( 2VfW"66֖G@&Vf&PgFW &Vf&PgFW Ɨ7F2&6@R6&vRgFV7F'G26àfFR7G&VWBWFVBvFW 6W'f6R&W6R6FWvƷ2'W@vV6VFW2v&WB&WFPWw&FW2Bv&Fv&BrFW&Цv2&V7G2&W7VBV6&Pf"&V6rBVGW&r&VVfG2F&VRv6666VFW2&fFPWW2brƗ7F2&6&W7VFVB&VVfG2f"&WB6PWFƗGWw&FW2ࠥ&VfF2&Gv&GvVF2ÓSpW7B'FbFW'7FFRCvFV7G&frF7F6Pb֖VƗ27BV֖W6FBVR6&Rv666vVFRFR6RF&V67G'V7@7G&VWBFRfvRb&Gvf&VB6֗GFVRFFWFW&֖PvBgW'FW"WFFW26VB&VVf@FR6VG( FN( 2rvR7F'FVBWFƗFW0VVFVBF&RFR( 6B֖P7FffVFR&W2766FW2VvVW v6&FFVBFR&V7B( FP6֗GFVRvFVBFG&6f&FPFvFvFFW7FF@f"&W6FVG2Bf6F'2vR@FBv֖B2vRVB@&fVVG2f"FRfvR( РF&VRV6&V7G26rvg&7G'V7GW&P&fVVG2&Rv'FFRfW7FV@''W6R7FFࠥFR6֗GFVRvFVBFG&6f&FPFvFvFFW7FFBf"&W6FVG0Bf6F'2vRBFBv֖B2vPVBB&fVVG2f"FRfvR( 2֖R7FffV&W2766FW2VvVW 7G&VWBv2Gvv&WFPvF'&r6FWvƷ2BFv&rbG&fW'2&VBF66PFFR7W&"FWvW&RFvW"`GFrFR7G&VWBƖvG2( 2FRF7F6P&WGvVV&rBWFƗFW2v0FB66Rf"&RFV"FP6֗GFVRV&W'2B'W6W70vW'2F67W76VBFV2( FR'W6W76W2G&fRFR&V7B( Ч6BG&76&6&Gv( 0F֖7G&F"6W&G&V7W&W"( vPBVWFw2vFFP'W6W76W2FvFv( ХFRfFW6vffVBp7G&VWBRvFrvFW 6FWvƷ2BVFW7G&g&VFǐVFW26vrFRvR`Fv&r&W6W'fVBFPV&W"b&r76W2vPg&VVr76Rf"6FWvƷ2FV6&FfPƖvFr&V6W2'VWG2@G&VW2FV6RFR7G&VWBFPWrvRƖv2&VBfV6W26FV"F'2VVFW"g&Bb &VBFrfV6W2W76VpFR66Rf"F"Fw2ࠤR66W&v2frFR7FƖvBFBB&VVBFRFW'6V7Fb7G&VWBBU4c2f"V'2GW&r7G&VWBFRv&WFRV6W76FFVB6vrG&ff0GFW&26VFrfrFR7FƖvBVRv'&VBFBvFWBFP7FƖvBfWvW"G&fW'2vVBVfPFRvvBVFW"FRFvFv( BFB2B&VVFR66R( Ф6&66BFR6vR2FPƗGFRFffW&V6RG&ff2frfbFPvvBFFvFvFP6vRvWfW"&fVBfW&G&ff2GFW&266'W6W2W6VBFG&fV7G&VWB&WGvVVFR'W0v&vRBFR66frFP7FƖvB7&VFVB&WGFW"&RF&V7@Ff"FR'W6W2B&VfVBF@G&ff2g&FvFv&VfF&W7VFVB&P7FfGFvFvW7V6ǒ66PW&6G27F'FVBFr7V6WfVG26VFrFRpVFW7G&g&VFǒ6FWvƲFPfvRB'W6W76W2&Rv&r6vvRFBv&WGFW"V6RFB7G&VWB2FffW"W0E$TE0)H#