By Kylee Hill
After eleven months and 2.5 million dollars spent in oil spill cleanup, Liberty Park’s pond has reopened to the public. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday,
May 14th, and said that Chevron Pipeline Co will monitor the lake for two years in addition to having committed to a restoration plan for Red Butte Creek where the 32,000-gallon spill originated.
Visitors to the park on Saturday floated around the new pond in paddle-boats and enjoyed live music as residents celebrated the return of the water. Liberty Park patrons can now enjoy the smell and ambiance
of the area’s many resident ducks and geese instead of leaked oil and an eyesore construction site. §