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Water Woes In Gold Hill Park

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GOLD HILL, Ore. — Plans by the city of Gold Hill to revive a historic wayside along the Rogue River into a campground for rafters and bicyclists suffered a blow recently.

Tests on water from a well at Lampman Park show that levels for half a dozen minerals or turbidity exceed EPA recommended levels.

For now, the well, which had not been used for about 20 years, cannot be used for drinking water. City Parks Coordinator Rob Lowe said that doesn’t mean work won’t go forward to make the park usable in other ways.

“It really doesn’t impact the park per se,” Lowe explained. “However, water is a critical element to usability and to provide service for our visitors. So obviously we do wanna address it at some point.”

Lowe says a filtration system will be needed. In the meantime, city workers will mow the grass and pick up the trash, and install porta-potties during the summer months.