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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
You may have been wondering what construction crews are building on that corner of West Fairview Avenue near I-65.
It's a park.
Piles of pipes and mounds of dirt are paving the way for a fully functional water filtration system.
Patrick Dunson--a Montgomery City Engineer--says the spot on the corner of West Fairview at I-65 is soon to be Genetta Park. It will provide a place for recreation and also restoration of ground water collected from West and Central Montgomery.
And it's all thanks to a free-flowing stream in the middle of the park.
"The water will travel along these various paths here and will get treated as it exits," says Dunson explaining the filtration system.
When it's all said and done the park will serve three purposes--clean up the environment, spruce up Fairview Avenue and it could save you money.
"By improving the water quality upstream, it improves the downstream and thereby helps reduce the cost to treat it for drinking water," says Dunson.
Not to mention, the appeal leaders hope it brings to Fairview Avenue.
"Proposed playgrounds, a pavilion," adds Dunson.
"It could be a family gathering," says Vickie Sullivan who often visits her relatives in West Montgomery.
She's thrilled to see West Fairview's facelift and for others to experience it, too.
"With people traveling going on 65, they will want to stop. And I think that is a good thing for this community."
Officials believe the park's proximity to Carver High School provides educational opportunities.
They expect the entire project to be finished in one year.
Very little city funds are being used for the park. Officials say most of the money comes from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.
In all, the project will cost roughly $2-million dollars.