This Avondale Lake Community Is Truly Unique
As you drive along Crystal Gardens Parkway you notice that this is not like other Phoenix lake communities. If you stop to observe the lakes, you’ll find out they are not lakes but “treatment cells”. Further research reveals that these cells also have “working fish” and are part of the Avondale Wetland project. That’s when you really wonder what’s going on and feel the need to understand this Avondale waterfront community.
Different By Design – A Natural Water Treatment System
Twenty-one separate lakes or “cells” cover 72 acres with the purpose of creating aquatic wildlife habitat and a water purification system. Water from the Salt River Project(SRP) and Central Arizona Project(CAP) is treated naturally as it flows through the cells to remove nitrates and phosphates before being recharged back into underground aquifers. The water moves from cell to cell by gravity through 24 inch pipes. On an average day, 4.5 million gallons of water flow through the system. The bulrush plants seen in some of the lakes (cells) contain bacteria that help clean the pollutants and the wetland ecosystem allows the nitrogen cycle to occur naturally.
The “working fish” consist of different species that are stocked in the lake, each with a different purpose. Israeli Carp are used to eat algae, White Amur keep the weeds under control, Japanese Koi and Goldfish assist in controlling insects, and Channel Catfish feed off the bottom of the basins.
Crystal Gardens Lake Community in Avondale
This ecosystem wetalnd project in Avondale is surrounded by Crystal Gardens residential homes. The trails around the lakes provide residents and visitors with 8.75 miles of walking paths. The majority of the homes were built in 1999 – 2002, by Continental, Presley and Earlie Homes. The majority of the homes in Crystal Gardens are waterfront homes totaling more than 300. Boating is not allowed in Crystal Gardens.
Crystal Gardens has good freeway access to both the I-10 and the 101, and is only about 6 miles from the University of Phoenix Stadium and Cardinals games. Banner Estrella Medical Center is a short 2 mile drive.
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