Crowdfunding – City of Marion Matter Park Fishing Pond Renovation Fund

Total Donations*

*Updated on May 18, 2022

Fund Purpose:

to assist the City of Marion in their Crowdfunding efforts.

Fund Story: 

Matter Park’s fishing pond offers recreational opportunities for our community and is a great place for children to get outdoors and learn to fish. However, the water quality and habitat of this pond have been degraded over the years due to excessive nutrients and sediment being funneled into the pond from the surrounding land. This has caused an explosion of algal growth that chokes out fish and other wildlife. To renovate the pond, it will be drained so that about six feet of sediment can be removed from the bottom. The pond banks will then be re-shaped as needed to address erosion. This will improve access to the pond for fishing and allow for the establishment of native plants, providing a habitat for wildlife. Glacial stone will be placed along the west shoreline to reinforce the banks and add aesthetic value. Fish nesting structures will also be added to the pond, along with a selection of native fish, to promote natural reproduction and sustainable fish populations. This is a piece of a larger restoration project that will improve the overall watershed in the park. The streams connected to the pond offer picturesque areas to explore and learn about aquatic ecosystems. However, the banks have eroded over time, causing further sediment buildup. The drainage ditch feeding the pond funnels excessive amounts of leaves into the water, contributing to the above-mentioned issues. Some private citizens started this project by funding the removal of sediment and weeds from the pond’s outflow stream and restructuring the banks. To address the remaining issues, we will enclose the inflow ditch with drainage tile to exclude debris. We will also add boulders and native plants to the other inflow and outflow streams to reduce erosion and improve wildlife habitat. Each of these elements will improve the area for recreation and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Fund Page Details:
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*The amount listed above may not be up-to-date. Call the Community Foundation for the most up-to-date fund balances.



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Shelly Jones

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