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Thursday, March 17, 2011

How cool is West Park!

West Park, Ann Arbor: until just recently all this water ran through a pipe underground. I assume it connected to the Allen Creek drain that runs underground south to north through downtown. The hydrology of West Park has been restored to a more natural state, allowing water to seep into the soil and providing a habitat for the larches and sycamores that were planted as part of the restoration. A boardwalk crosses these new wetlands at various points. It's lovely. I will be very interested to see how this evolves over the seasons -- will it dry up in the summer? what kind of vegetation will establish itself? And I'm already looking forward to the spring of 2012 by which time a population of frogs will have taken up residence. Hurray, Ann Arbor!

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