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Ohio State ends jump, plans restoration for Mirror Lake

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Posted at 2:54 PM, Oct 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-11 14:54:23-04

After the death of a student who participated in Ohio State University's annual Mirror Lake jump last year, administrators decided to end the yearly tradition.  

Now the university is announcing its future plans for the lake. 

Austin Singletary, a third-year student from Dayton, Ohio, was pulled from the lake in cardiac arrest last November. He was taken to a local hospital where he later died. The Franklin County Coroner said Singletary died from a broken neck.

Ohio State University officials announced this week that it will restore Mirror Lake "to a more natural and sustainable state...while emphasizing improved stormwater management, reducing chemical water treatments, increasing overall biodiversity, and more."

The overall Mirror Lake District, including Browning Amphitheater and Oxley and Pomerene Halls, will also be renovated.

"The restoration also supports the university’s compelling interest, shared by student leaders, in seeing the recent practice of a Mirror Lake jump ended," university officials said in a news release.

The restoration process begins this week. It is expected to be completed in the spring of 2018.