custom build walking bridge sitting on top of wetland property with a walking path in front of it

Long’s Park


Lancaster, PA

  • Creation of a new wetlands area to satisfy elements of Lancaster City’s Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan and its municipal separate storm water system (MS4) requirements
  • Construction of a forebay, sand filter, two marshes, and a pump station
  • Connection of water features with pipes and spillways
  • Improvement in water quality by reducing phosphorus, nitrogen, and sediment loading
  • Installation of all-weather walking trails, pedestrian bridges, and a boardwalk with a viewing
    platform and seating

Over the course of several years, a three-acre pond in the middle of Long’s Park in Lancaster, PA, had become stagnant and overrun with algae, making it a murky eyesore. A high nutrient load in the water also made it unhealthy for the flora and fauna that inhabited the pond area. Flyway
Excavating was selected to implement a solution to clean up and beautify the pond in accordance with the city’s Chesapeake Bay Pollutant Reduction Plan and municipal separate storm water system requirements.

Flyway built a wetlands treatment system that included a forebay with floating wetland islands, an iron-enhanced sand filter, two constructed marshes, spillways, and a pump station that conveys water from the pond back to the forebay and keeps the water treatment cycle going. Walking trails, pedestrian bridges, educational signage, a boardwalk, and viewing platforms were built for the public to enjoy the wildlife in this more natural habitat, including birds, turtles, fish, and pollinators.

For more details about this project, read the case study here.