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Warsaw. Little water in the pond in Sielecki Park

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The water in the pond in Sielecki Park has subsided. As explained by a representative of the Green Area Management Board, which takes care of the green area, the construction site taking place next door is to blame.

For several days now, residents of Dolny Mokotów have been raising alarms about the drastically low water level in the pond in Sielecki Park. A neighborhood social media group posted photos of a half-dry reservoir. “Does anyone know what happened to the water from the pond in Sielecki Park? On Friday, the water level was normal, it rained during the weekend, and today it's such a sad sight…”

On Wednesday morning, tvnwarszawa.pl reporter Artur Węgrzynowicz was on site and confirmed that the water level in the pond was indeed very low.

“We have it under control”

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Some residents suggested in the comments that the culprit for the falling water may be the construction of a tram to Wilanów, which is taking place nearby, along Jana III Sobieskiego Street. The press secretary of the Green Management Board confirmed this version.

– Due to construction works in the area, the water supply to the Sielecki Canal, which supplies the pond in the park, has been limited – Karolina Kwiecień-Łukaszewska, spokeswoman for the capital's greenery, told tvnwarszawa.pl. – For several days we have been observing a lowering of the water table in the Sielecki Park reservoir, we have it under control – she added.

She explained that it was an unintentional action of the contractor building the tram line. – The contractor is taking steps to restore the original flow – assured Kwiecień-Łukaszewska.

History of Sielecki Park

The historic Sielecki Park was founded in 1775 by King Stanisław August Poniatowski. Until 1916 it was outside the city limits. In the interwar period, it was a public greenery popular among residents.

During World War II it was significantly damaged. It was renovated in the 1960s according to the design of the renowned landscape architect Longin Majdecki.

Nowadays, Sielecki Park covers only a narrow strip of land on the north-south axis from Jazgarzewska Street to Ludwiżanka. The oblong pond occupies approximately 25 percent of the green area. The shoreline of the reservoir is covered with large poplars.

Main photo source: Artur Węgrzynowicz/tvnwarszawa.pl

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