Broken pipe causes Washago Pond in Willow Metropark to drain

Washago Pond, seen here dry of most of its water, was inadvertently drained recently when a pipe broke. The pond is located inside Willow Metropark in New Boston and is a popular location for visitors. Staff are currently evaluating the situation.
(Photos courtesy of Jack Nellie)

By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub | May 24, 2021

A broken pipe caused Washago Pond in Willow Metropark to drain last week.

The pond drained into the Huron River, according to a Metropark spokesperson.

“I can confirm that a pipe beneath the water that is part of the control structure at Washago Pond developed a leak and drained the pond. The water drained through the Regan Drain to the Huron River. The structure is considered a low hazard dam due to the fact any failure would not have an impact on people or other properties,” said Danielle Mauter, chief of marketing and communications for Huron-Clinton Metroparks.

Mauter said park staff are evaluating the situation and will provide updates on the pond as they are available.

The pond is a popular location for park visitors. The location offers boat rentals and areas where visitors can fish.


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