The series of projects around the 102-acre park are one small part of the municipal government's provocatively-named "3015 Action Plan" (3015计划). A groundbreaking ceremony was held November 29 at Haigeng Park and construction is scheduled to be completed in early 2014. There are no plans to close the park but areas will be cordoned off to visitors while work is in progress.
Upgrades are planned in several stages beginning with the remodelling of existing restaurants and cafes. The park will add facilities for new restaurants and bars lining a lakeside boulevard. Plans also call for new roads and walking paths to be built. Haigeng's drive-in cinema will be expanded and the movie screen enlarged.
A "performing arts water center" (水上演艺中心) is to be built as well. Although the announcement lacked for details, it appears the facilities will be a larger version of the musical fountain installed earlier this year at Green Lake Park.
Haigeng Park offers panoramic views of Xishan that are often marred by the pea green water of Dianchi Lake. Perhaps the most ambitious part of the 3015 Action Plan is an effort to prevent all wastewater from businesses and residential areas within a 2.5 kilometer buffer zone from flowing into Dianchi Lake.
This is the newest effort to rehabilitate the long-suffering lake. Previous attempts to curb the lake's eutrophication have included, among other things, pumping ozone into the lake and introducing an invasive plant species.
The 3015 Action Plan is a sprawling set of goals issued two months ago by city leaders. It includes economic objectives, development targets and infrastructure and beautification projects such as the Haigeng Park renovation.
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