The City will make temporary changes to a popular local landmark.

The pond at Wilson Park will be drained, with work beginning today. The project is expected to continue for the next couple of days, with a fence going up around the pond by Thursday.

City officials decided water quality in the pond was an issue due to algae growth. In previous years, the pond was treated with chemicals then drained, cleaned and refilled three times a year. But with the drought, refilling the pond is not an option.

According to the City’s Park Services division, the pond will remain empty until a sustainable and ecologically friendly solution is found.