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Lake dredging project to close Brunswick’s North Park for one year

Posted on December 10, 2023

BRUNSWICK, Ohio — A lake dredging project at the city’s North Park will require the park to be closed to the public for the entirety of 2024, city officials announced Wednesday (Dec. 6).

According to a press release from Parks and Recreation Director Taylor Petkovsek, the dredging project will improve the health and safety of the park’s waterways by removing accumulated sediment and debris from North Park Lake, restoring its depth and enhancing its recreational value.

The release goes on to state that the park closure will begin Jan. 2 and is expected to last for approximately 12 months.

During this time, the park will be inaccessible to the public for all activities, including walking, jogging, biking and fishing.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Dredging is an essential process for maintaining the health of lakes and waterways,” the release states. “It removes sediment and debris that can clog waterways, reduce water flow and harm aquatic life.

“Dredging the lake will vastly improve water quality in the downstream waters of Healey Creek. The water depth has been reduced to approximately one foot due to this accumulation, significantly reducing the flood storage capacity within the basin.

“Dredging also helps to control aquatic vegetation, which can overgrow and impair recreational use.”

The release notes that the city understands North Park is “a beloved community asset” and that the community’s patience and understanding are appreciated “as we work to improve the park for future generations.”

For more information about the dredging project, visit the city’s website at or contact the Brunswick Parks and Recreation Department at 330-558-6838 or


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