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Citizens’ DigIndy Project Leads to Renovated West Side Park


INDIANAPOLIS- Some west side residents will now enjoy new amenities at their neighborhood park thanks to a 9-month renovation project recently completed by Citizens Energy Group. During a ribbon cutting celebration today, Citizens, the Indianapolis Department of Public Works (DPW) and Indy Parks announced that upgrades at Ross Claypool Park are finished and the park will reopen just in time for 4th of July.
Renovations at the park began last September in connection with Citizens’ Eagle Creek Tunnel Project which is part of DigIndy, a 28-mile network of tunnels being built 250-feet beneath Indianapolis to capture and store combined sewage during wet weather events. The Eagle Creek Tunnel is the newest section of DigIndy and its drop shaft and a vent shaft were constructed at Ross Claypool Park. The drop shaft carries combined sewage to the tunnel and allows the tunnel to be accessed above ground, while the vent shaft allows air that is trapped in the tunnel to be released.
Because Citizens’ construction footprint significantly impacted portions of the park, Citizens restored the park by making improvements that include upgrading the park’s basketball court, resurfacing the park’s entrance and parking lot and installing a rain garden for storm water collection. In partnership with DPW and Indy Parks, Citizens also constructed a portion of the Eagle Creek Greenway Trail that now runs through Ross Claypool Park.
“When Citizens begins a construction project, we look at the whole picture; we want to know how we can best construct our project but also if we can enhance the surrounding neighborhood,” said Jeffrey Harrison, President and CEO of Citizens Energy Group. “The renovations at Ross Claypool Park are a prime example of Citizens taking the opportunity to enhance a neighborhood while also completing a project that meets the requirements of our federally mandated Consent Decree.”
“Citizens Energy Group continues to invest in our city’s parks, and this latest project at Ross Claypool Park is proof of their commitment,” said Linda Broadfoot, Director of Indy Parks. “The park now has a new basketball court, new parking lot, beautiful landscaping, and access to the Eagle Creek Greenway Trail. These significant improvements mean a lot to our customers, staff and the entire neighborhood surrounding the park.”
While park renovations are complete, Citizens continues to work on the Eagle Creek Tunnel. This project was initially designed as a shallow sewer. Through value engineering, however, Citizens redesigned the project making it a deep tunnel, connecting it to the DigIndy network and saving nearly $15 million which will benefit customers. The Eagle Creek Tunnel will also provide DigIndy with an additional 17-million gallons of storage for combined sewage.
When the Eagle Creek Tunnel and the associated Deep Rock Tunnel Connector are complete in December 2017, potential combined sewage overflows will be reduced by about 900 million gallons per year. The entire DigIndy tunnel network will be finished by 2025 and when it is, sewer overflows will be reduced by about five billion gallons per year. For more information about DigIndy, visit DigIndyTunnel.com.

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