Let's Clean Up The Lake!

by Matt Stevenson-Dodd in Wrexham, Flintshire, United Kingdom

Let's Clean Up The Lake!
We did it
On 7th March 2022 we successfully raised £13,560 with 157 supporters in 43 days

Park In The Past is a beautiful place for swimming, kayaking and diving, but it is frequently affected by significant levels of Algae.

by Matt Stevenson-Dodd in Wrexham, Flintshire, United Kingdom

New stretch target

Raising an extra £1000 will help us also implement Lime treatment to control the silt at the bottom of the lake. With more people using the lake, the silt can easily be disturbed. Lime applied topically helps the silt clump together and sink to the bottom.


Blue Green Algae stops people from using the lake and jeopardises the great potential of our community lake and park. 

When the algae blooms it becomes potentially poisonous to humans and very dangerous to dogs which means the lake must be shut for days on end, stopping all water sport activities. Scuba diving in the lake is almost impossible with visibility down to zero.

However, we can quickly solve the problem and keep the lake clean

By installing two ultrasonic buoys that will emit harmless ultrasound waves, we can reduce the algae by over 90%. The soundwaves have no effect on wildlife in the lake and are harmless to everyone using the lake (see below for a summary of the full treatment plan)

The results will be a cleaner, clearer lake for everyone to enjoy.

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The cost of installing the ultrasonic buoys is a one-off cost of £13,500 to buy the equipment. They are powered by solar panels and only require minor ongoing maintenance, so once they are bought, they should last many years. 

If everyone who swims, kayaks and scuba dives in the lake each pledges £10 we should raise enough money to cover the cost.

Every pound you pledge could be worth much more!

We are also applying to Sport Wales who will hopefully help us reach our target with match-funding!

Park in the Past is localed in a rural area of Flinshire, close the villages of Hope and Caergwrle. Access to outdoor watersports is severely limited in our local area. By clearing the algae, the lake can be open more often and to more people, improving accessibility for a wider group of people, including those who may not normally take part in outdoor water sports in the area. 

Clearing the algae will also allow organised sports groups to plan activities, visit and use our facility without of fear of closure due to an algae bloom.

Rewards for higher pledges!

Check out our rewards on the right hand side if you are able to make a higher pledge - from half price swims, to kayak and diving offers.

Please give generously to support your local lake. Your support is very much appreciated.

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How We Will Treat The Lake

Working with environmental consultants, we will implement a sustainable treatment program to improve the water clarity, hygiene, appearance, and odour of the lake water at Park in the Past.

•    Using solar powered ultrasonic algae control arrays, we can control known green and blue green algal species without the damaging and expensive use of chemicals. The species found during recent lab analysis are readily controlled using ultrasonics.

•    To help further aid the control of algae, natural nutrient cycling and organic waste digesting bacteria will be applied. These bacteria use up the nutrients that the algae would otherwise use to grow.

•    These measures, together with topical application of mineral based sediment solidifying agents, offer the best and greenest method to keep the lake clean, clear and compliant.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£20 or more

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1 to 1 Swim Coaching Sessions At Buckley

For this reward, Chris Wallace, British Triathlon Level 3 Coach, will give you a free one to one swim coaching session at Buckley Leisure Centre. The sessions are available 19:00-19:30 on a Sunday.

£10 or more

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Buy One Get One Free Swimming Voucher!

Pledge £10 to get one 'buy one get one free swim voucher' to use during the 2022 season

£20 or more

30 of 50 claimed

2 x Buy One Get One Free Swimming Vouchers!

Pledge £20 to get two 'buy one get one free' swim vouchers to use during the 2022 season

£50 or more

Half Price 'Try Scuba Diving' and Diving Discounts

Southsea Scuba who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £50 - 5x ½ price air fills; ½ price Try Dive (£37.50 instead of £75); 5% off any course; 5% off any shop purchase.

£50 or more

2 for 1 Direct Kayaks Hire Voucher

Direct Kayaks who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £50 - one '2 for 1' hire voucher

£60 or more

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10 sessions - Triathlon Group Swim Training

For this reward you will join Chris Wallace, British Triathlon Level 3 Coach, for 10 sessions at Buckley Leisure Centre on a Sunday evening.

£100 or more

10% Southsea Scuba Offers + 10 x ½ Price Air Fills

Southsea Scuba who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £100 - 10x ½ price air fills; 10% off any course; 10% off any shop purchase.

£100 or more

4 x Half Price Direct Kayaks Hire Vouchers

Direct Kayaks who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £100 - 4 x half price hire vouchers

£250 or more

20% Off Any Course At Southsea Scuba

Southsea Scuba who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £250 - 20x ½ price air fills; 20% off any Course; 15% of any shop purchase.

£250 or more

10 x Half Price Direct Kayaks Hire Vouchers

Direct Kayaks who are based at Park In The Past would be pleased to offer the following reward for a pledge of £250 - 10 x half price hire vouchers

£200 or more

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Free Open Water Swimming Sessions Throughout 2022!

Pledge £200 and join the open water swimming sessions free of charge throughout the 2022 season (1st May 2022 - 1st October 2022). Must be used by one person only - not transferable. Only 10 available!

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