Wildflower Meadow and Rain Garden Coming to Boyce Park
Water quality improvements to benefit Turtle Creek
How Rain Gardens WorkA 900-square-foot rain garden will capture stormwater from an adjacent asphalt parking lot where water can be slowly absorbed into the ground. This will prevent nutrients and sediment commonly found in parking lot runoff from flowing into Abers Creek, a tributary to Turtle Creek, and will ultimately serve to improve water quality and reduce stormwater volumes that can cause flooding in the watershed.
The rain garden will have approximately 18 inches of sand-based soils to promote infiltration and allow for a 12-inch temporary ponding depth with additional underground storage for larger rain events. The garden will be planted with deer-resistant natives and pollinator-friendly species to improve wildlife habitat.
How Native Meadows WorkTwo maintained turf hillsides will be transformed into native northeastern wildflower meadows totaling 9,500 square feet. These hillsides receive runoff from parking lots, sidewalks and roads. An established meadow will reduce stormwater runoff, increase infiltration, capture sediment, filter pollutants and provide plant species for pollinators. Additional meadows will continue the progress of transforming mowed areas into systems that provide ecological services while demonstrating new Best Management Practices (BMPs) to visitors.
Construction begins at Boyce Park Four Season's Lodge in September 2021