WESTFIELD, IN – As a preventative measure for the summer season, Grand Park recently stocked its lakes with Gambusia affinis fish (also known as mosquitofish).
“Grand Park is focused on preventative measures to ensure the safety of our visitors,” says Ken Alexander, Director of Grand Park. “These fish will help control our mosquito population in a natural way.”
The Gambusia affinis fish feast on mosquitos and eat up to 500 larvae per day (3x their body weight). Due to the amount of ponds at Grand Park, 6,600 fish were stocked for the 22 acres of water. They also spawn regularly throughout the summer with broods of up to 100 at about six week intervals.
While these fish should be helpful in controlling the mosquito population, visitors are still encouraged to apply insect repellent containing DEET.
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About Grand Park Sports Campus
Grand Park in Westfield, Indiana, is a destination like no other. The thoughtfully designed 400-acre Grand Park Sports Campus features 26 baseball and softball diamonds, 31 multipurpose fields for soccer, football, and lacrosse. The Grand Park Events Center will open in summer 2016, featuring three full-sized indoor soccer fields, a restaurant and administrative offices. The Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse indoor basketball/volleyball facility opened in January 2016. Grand Park also features an abundance of green space and more than 10 miles of pedestrian/bicycle trails, including the largest trailhead on the Monon Corridor.
More than 1.5 million sports visitors are expected to participate in or attend tournaments and events at the Grand Park Sports Campus on an annual basis, making the surrounding area a prime location for economic development. The master plan outlines approximately 1,400 acres of land available for residential and commercial development, including hospitality (hotel, restaurant and retail), mixed-use, life science and corporate office uses.
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