Independence Landing

Seward, NE

Community leaders wanted to improve access and restore the appeal of this 1.5-acre pond, originally constructed as a WPA project in the 1930’s. Years of shoreline erosion and sedimentation had diminished fish habitat and detracted from the pond’s appeal as a public amenity.


E&A designed restoration improvements for fish habitat including sediment removal, excavations producing varying water depths and installation of underwater features to simulate natural lake conditions. Shoreline stabilization measures, including reinforced vegetation and grouted cellular confinement systems were designed to provide stable access to the water’s edge while maintaining a natural feel to the pond perimeter. Pond access was provided by ADA accessible parking spaces and walkways leading to a pier designed with wheelchair access.  Fishing platforms were designed to give anglers access from varying heights above the water surface and bioretention cells were constructed upstream to improve water quality of runoff entering the pond.


Services Provided

Site Development
Erosion and Sediment Control
Landscape Design

Key Partners

Ayars & Ayars, Nebraska
Architecture Etcetera
City of Seward, Nebraska