North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner ENGIE will start work next week to modify the footpath in Grimsby’s Ainslie Street Park.
There is a natural spring in the park and the level of standing water on the surface mirrors the natural water table. Parts of the park are prone to flooding, especially after heavy rain.
In the past the standing water reduced over time, but the levels have not changed much in the last couple of years.
The area used to be a cemetery and this prevents any form of excavation to improve drainage.
Work starts on Monday 19 April to pump away existing ground water and raise the level of the existing footpath. The footpath will be raised to a position above the level of the standing water.
Pumping away the water is expected to take at least two weeks to complete, subject to the weather and volume of water.
Once the water level is lowered, work can start on the footpath. The job is due to be completed by the end of May.
The footpath will remain closed during the works and will reopen on completion.
These works are part of a longer-term solution to allow the safe reopening of the footway for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Council advises people to keep out of the standing water and signage is in place to let people know that the footpath is closed and to use other routes.
North East Lincolnshire Council’s regeneration partner, ENGIE, will oversee and manage the works with contractor, CES, carrying out the works.