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Liquid dumps

March 18, 2014 - Blaine Hyska
Norway is planning improvements to Strawberry Lake Park. It’s a wonderful area for families and tourists. If you haven’t visited it, you should.

Meanwhile, Iron Mountain’s downtown bodies of water — Chapin Pits — collect dirty parking lot snow and wastewater from storm sewers. They’re liquid dumps.

Surrounded by fencing, Chapin Pits is guarded like a bank.

There have been proposals to enhance fishing in Chapin Pits and plans to improve the area, but they have been rejected. Some say the pits are too deep and the area is too dangerous to open it to the public.

That’s too bad. You would think that some type of safe pathway could be created. It’s really a beautiful piece of nature right in the middle of the city. It’s probably invisible to most residents. They don’t even glance at it.

Wouldn’t it be great to create a bicycle/walking trail around the area? You could add a park bench here and there, and maybe a picnic table or two as well.

The August Lilja Memorial Trust Fund Committee has been working on the gazebo/picnic area at Chapin Pit. The walking trail to the Bat Cave has also been developed. No drownings so far.

No one’s suggesting an immediate influx of money for the area. But any slow-but-sure approach would be a better plan than we have now.



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