Topeka Zoo updating Gage Park with drainage project

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Topeka Zoo hopes a drainage project will keep Gage Park flood-free and establish ecosystems in the process.

The zoo announced the project in September and on Monday, they showed off the blueprints for it. When finished, Gage Park will have a planted drainage swale and detention pond, which will manage and clean storm water that flows through a portion of the park.

It will change how parts of Zoo Parkway look and the zoo will have to remove about 30 trees.

"By the time this is all said and done, there will be twice as many trees, at least, as there were before and a much more diverse variety of trees," said Brendan Wiley, Zoo Director. "Now having said that, you know, shade trees are an important part of a park and nobody wants to see those go but we also have an obligation to manage the storm water that this park produces."

Wiley said the drainage project is their first step in creating Kay's Garden, a Japanese-garden named after late Kansas Supreme Court Justice Chief Justice Kay McFarland.