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Traverse City — Traverse City has approved spending $500,000 for repairs at Clinch Park, including $165,000 to fix a splash pad that rained sewage-contaminated water on children.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports commissioners on Monday approved a contract to hire Elmer’s Crane and Dozer to begin park repairs.

The remade waterfront park opened in the summer of 2013 after a $2.9 million project including construction of a splash pad, terraced breakwall and new concession stand and beach house. But sewage backed up and human waste-tainted water flowed into the splash pad’s fountains.

Other problems include: pump and filter issues; wave action eroding a breakwall and washing away a kayak launch; and flooding in the tunnel under Grandview Parkway. Fixing the shoreline erosion will cost about $275,000. Tunnel repairs are estimated at $68,000.

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