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Metro Parks drains lake at Centennial Park for improvements

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville's most popular green space looks a little different, as crews have drained Lake Watauga at Centennial Park in hopes that the unsightly algae won't make an unwelcome return.

It's part of Metro Parks' master plan of improvements for the park.

Officials say they want to install a new water circulation system and even add some floating islands.

The renovations will ultimately improve the wildlife habitat, but without water you won't be seeing any ducks or geese for a few more weeks.

Tim Netsche, assistant director of planning for Metro Parks, told The Tennessean that the fish were relocated to Ted Rhodes Park in MetroCenter.

And sediment from the lakebed has dried up, also drying up insects that the birds feed on, so many of them have left on their own in search of food.

Things should start looking back to normal sometime in May when the water levels will fill back up.

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