Mingus Park Pond in Downtown Coos Bay is fed by a natural underground spring and stormwater runoff. After many years, sediment from the stormwater runoff accumulated at the bottom of the 3-acre pond making it a shallow 2 feet deep. ZCS was hired to prepare plans and secure environmental permitting for the complete restoration of the pond, including removal of the sediment buildup from the pond floor and design of an improved filtration system to prevent the accumulation from reoccurring. To fund the project, the City received a fish habitat restoration grant that required additional improvements to provide a more suitable habitat for the native fish. To accomplish this, ZCS designed pockets up to 8ft deep that provide cooler temperatures for the fish. Four ADA accessible fishing piers will also be built for the surrounding community to enjoy.
Due to grading deficiencies and erosion, specific park areas are susceptible to flooding during large rainstorms. To mitigate this issue, dredged material removed from the pond will be used to raise the elevation in the park areas prone to flooding. Phase II improvements will also include the complete removal and replacement of asphalt walking paths, two pavilions, playground facilities, restroom facilities, and open landscape areas.
City of Coos Bay
Parks & Public Spaces