FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Alex Allen, Chandler Park Conservancy
ONE-OF-A-KIND MARSHLANDS GROUNDBREAKING AT CHANDLER PARK
Creating an Urban Conservation Campus in Detroit
(DETROIT, Michigan. July 17, 2019) The public is invited to join civic and resident leaders at the “Chandler Park Marshlands” groundbreaking on Tuesday, July 30, at 10:00 a.m. A continental breakfast will be provided. The event will occur at the southeast end of the park near Dickerson and Frankfort St. The event is sponsored by the Chandler Park Conservancy (CPC).
The construction of phase 1 of the Chandler Park Conservation Campus Plan represents a major step in CPC’s plan to convert Chandler Park into a one-of-a-kind Conservation campus. The Conservation Campus, which includes a marshland and several rain gardens and bioswales located around Chandler Park, will beautify the park while capturing and treating stormwater from the roads. It will hold almost 2.5 million gallons of runoff to support the city’s effort to reduce storm related problems. The marshland will support the city’s effort to remove stormwater from the sewer system which can reduce basement backups that occur after heavy rains. This will be accomplished by installing new storm sewers to drain the Wayne County Aquatic Center parking lot and a portion of Chandler Park Drive to the marshland for natural cleansing.
The marshland will also provide the foundation of a future environmental education plaza which will include an outdoor classroom, a shade structure and seating for use by the public and educators.
Phase 1 will also include a variety of wild flowers and native species creating wildlife habitat for residents to enjoy. The marshland will hold 4 feet of constantly-recirculating water at its deepest point through a cascade of rocks at the inlet. This will allow the water to support native fish and a healthy ecosystem. Coupled with the installation of 4,500 native plants, scrubs and trees, the marshland will attract birds, ducks, turtles, frog and toads, fireflies, dragonflies, butterflies and other pollinating insects.
The project is possible because of the generous support of the Kresge Foundation, Erb Family Foundation, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Detroit Water & Sewerage Department, and the City of Detroit General Services Department. Other supporting partners include Wayne County, Greening of Detroit, Friends of Chandler Park and Eastside Community Network.
Chandler Park Conservancy is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 corporation, whose mission is to develop exceptional educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for youth and their families on Detroit’s eastside and the region, at Chandler Park. For more information visit www.chandlerparkconservancy.org.