ALBANY, Ore. - A park that gave a new purpose to an old Albany industrial site had a special dedication ceremony Tuesday.
Talking Water Gardens is a public park that serves as an additional treatment municipal and industrial waste water. The park was designed as a wetlands and waterway that keeps city water cool during the day before sending water back into the Willamette River.
Construction at the park's location began in the spring of 2010 as a part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. While the park was open to the public over the past year, the official grand opening was held Wednesday.
Albany's wetlands manager Tom Ten Pas said the decision on naming the wetlands had a lot to do with Native American history.
"The Kalapuya Indians used to call waterfalls 'talking water' and so it was named that." Ten Pas said.
He went on to say that the project worked closely with the Grande Ronde tribe when they built the site, incorporating waterfalls in the park's waterways.
The park was built on a 58-acre plot of land, and has close to three miles of walking and jogging paths. More information on the park can be found on the City of Albany's website.