Oct 15, 2019

Storm Water Wetland to be Created at Patton Park

Patton Park is beginning phase one of the Patton Park project mid-October, as part of North Carolina’s Multi-Area Streambank Restoration Project.

Patton Park is beginning phase one of the Patton Park project mid-October, as part of North Carolina’s Multi-Area Streambank Restoration Project.

North Carolina will soon see construction and restoration efforts taking place as part of the city’s Multi-Area Streambank Restoration Project.

The project will restore approximately 11,000 ln ft of streambanks at 13 sites throughout the area, according to the county’s website. The plan intends to protect existing water and sewer infrastructure while improving stream health and water quality. This includes efforts to transform a retention pond at Patton Park into a storm water wetland with observation decks and signage. 

The city obtained a North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality zero interest loan to fund the project.

“Our city has had a lot of success in the past with streambank restoration projects, and we’re excited to move from the planning phase into implementation,” said City Engineer Brent Detwiler. “This multi-site project will go a long way in improving water quality and reducing erosion on private and public property, while protecting critical infrastructure.”

Patton Park and Brittain Creek are the sites with the most visibility and complexity of work, reported Hendersonville Lightning. The park will receive sewer upgrades, stream buffer enhancements, invasive species removal and the construction of a stormwater wetland.

“The existing pond within the park drains an adjacent parking lot but does not provide storm water treatment in the area. The water is especially turbid, or muddy, and engineering staff have plans to make the area more functional and aesthetically pleasing,” reported the county’s website. 

Later in the project, a bioswale and a section of permeable pavement will be installed in the parking area to better manage storm water.

“The improvements happening in Patton Park are a big step forward in our city’s stormwater management practices,” said Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman. The area will be dubbed the “Stormwater Stroll.”

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