Springfield Parks Department to clear debris from Loon Pond beach

Swimming area has long been closed due to bacteria levels in the water

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Trash and debris cover the ground at Loon Pond beach in Springfield. The Springfield Parks Department plans to clean up the site.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Officials from the Springfield Parks Department are shocked about the filth and debris at Loon Pond. The pond, located near Boston Road and Pasco Road, has been closed to swimming for some years, due to bacteria levels in the water.

The closed beach, accessible via a dirt road from Pasco Road, is now strewn with everything from food containers and discarded clothing to lumber.

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A Parks Department spokesperson told 22News that they will be heading to Loon Pond Thursday to clear away all the rubbish.

Springfield Parks, Recreation, and Building Management Director Patrick Sullivan told 22News that they also have hidden cameras along the dirt road heading to Loon Pond, so that they can capture the license plates of people who drive to the pond for the purpose of illegal dumping. In the past, they have been able to track down and find those responsible for illegal dumping there.

“This particular site, it’s watched twice a week by our own clean city, and when we see someone has dumped, we pull from that footage the license plate number. We turn the matter over to the police department to fine and prosecute these individual who dumped,” Sullivan said.

Sullivan added that he is hoping the state will provide them with the money to reduce the bacteria levels at the pond, so that the beach may be re-opened as a resource for city residents.

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