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Schenectady’s Iroquois Lake partly drained for maintenance

Schenectady’s Iroquois Lake partly drained for maintenance

Maintenance reveals faulty grate, officials say
Schenectady’s Iroquois Lake partly drained for maintenance
The Iroquois Lake in Schenectady's Central Park has been partly drained for maintenance.
Photographer: Pete DeMola/Gazette Reporter

SCHENECTADY — Water levels at Central Park’s Iroquois Lake have taken a nosedive. 

By mid-morning Monday, much of the south end of the lake was drained, exposing the muddy bottom and a faint whiff of seaweed. 

Paul LaFond, commissioner of general services, said the city had been conducting previously scheduled maintenance on a valve when they discovered a grate had rotted and requires replacement.

"Once we're done with repairs, we’ll fill it back up,” LaFond said on Monday.

Water levels had been running high due to last week's storms, he said.

Workers described watching water levels gradually increase for three weeks before retreating, ultimately beaching the city-run flotilla of swan boats by Friday. 

Several swan boat operators were still on-site Monday morning, with one plunking a ukulele during a moment of down time. 

The Central Park pool is also largely drained, but had closed for the season on Friday as previously scheduled, LaFond said. 

LaFond estimated repairs will take several days.

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