The first phase of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility's (EWSU) Storm Water park project is underway.
Demolition of the buildings on the former Holy Trinity Church property started on Thursday in downtown Evansville.
EWSU says the Storm Water Park project will divert 40 to 60 acres of downtown stormwater runoff from the combined sewer system to reduce sewer overflow to the Ohio River as part of the city's Combined Sewer Overflow Long Term Control Plan.
The second phase involves storm sewer construction and storage facilities below ground to collect stormwater runoff and promote infiltration into the sand and gravel layers below grade at the church site.
According to EWSU, the objective is to retain several features and materials from the Church for later use in the storm water park. The third phase involves the development of the park space at the church site with walking paths, seating areas, and other features, which will use some of those materials that were retained.
Park development is expected to be privately funded through the fundraising assistance of UE ChangeLab.
EWSU says it was able to purchase the Holy Trinity Church from the Catholic Diocese because the utility met all of the Diocese’s requirements related to the future use of the property.