Hoyt Lake Fountain Turns Back Time

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM EDT

By Autumn Lewandowski

September 18, 2013 Updated Sep 18, 2013 at 6:21 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) - Hoyt Lake has a new attraction with a couple of different functions. Jets help propel water from the lake up to 50 feet in the air and is not only beautiful and beneficial it's a part of the Olmsted Park history.

Thomas Herrera-Mishler, President of Olmsted Parks Conservancy explains that they found a picture from over a century ago that showed Hoyt Lake with a fountain in it.
"It tells you how long there has been a water quality issue or concerns that in 1897 they felt it was important to put in this fountain."

Somewhere along the way over the past century the fountain was removed and the algae and pollution got worse.

Senator Mark Grisanti remembers when this project was ground breaking "tens of thousands of dead fish were being dredged from this lake.

New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan also knows about the issues with Hoyt Lake.
"Part of walking trips with my children when they were younger was going around this lake in a stroller and you always had to plug your nose when you got to this end. And who could think of a greater tragedy than the jewel of the olmsted park system having a lake that smelled so bad you couldn't walk by it."

Another concern comes from Scajaquada creek which has runoff from the Galleria Mall's parking lots that eventually makes it way to Hoyt lake.

By aerating the water with this fountain, fixing wells that essentially bring fresh water into Hoyt Lake and using funds from a grant and an additional $90,000 from the Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a study of the sediment in the lake will help with future lake restoration efforts.