Hendersonville invites the public to take a walk along the Patton Park “Stormwater Stroll.”
The series of stormwater projects implemented by the city are now accompanied by informational signs to educate park visitors about water quality.
“All the features you see along the Patton Park ‘Stormwater Stroll’ are designed to mimic how nature would treat stormwater if there were no pavement or buildings around,” said Stormwater Administrator Michael Huffman, in a city news release. “People may not be familiar with some of these treatment methods, so the signs are a great way for people to learn while they enjoy the walking path and amenities at Patton Park.”
The green infrastructure installed in Patton Park and highlighted along the stroll include:
- Two large rainwater cisterns are placed at the Public Works grounds and maintenance building to catch rainwater that comes off the roof. The rainwater is used to wash vehicles and equipment. Water quality murals on the cisterns were painted by Girl Scout Isabella Conway.
- A bioretention pond is filled with vegetation and engineered soil and serves as a basin to hold runoff and filter out pollutants. It’s located next to the maintenance facility.
- A series of rain gardens capture runoff from the parking area and basketball courts. Native wildflowers and plants will eventually be planted there to act as a pollinator habitat as well as to remove pollutants before the water enters the groundwater.
- A permeable paving system near the park’s entrance reduces water pollution by filtering sediment and chemicals.
- A stormwater wetland, which is a re-engineered duck pond, treats stormwater by filtering and absorbing pollutants before water enters the water system. The wetland controls the rate of runoff to protect Brittain Creek from erosion and improves the bird, pollinator, and wildlife habitat.