October 25, 2018

Our Role in Environmental Stewardship

Along with striving to offer the highest quality facilities and programming, Brownsburg Parks is proud to oversee the Town’s environmental stewardship efforts for park lands and many other public spaces.

Recently, we were recognized for our efforts to enhance the wildlife habitat in Williams Park. On Oct. 4, the Indiana Wildlife Federation designated the Maple Ridge Trail a Certified Sustainable Trail with a gold-level rating as a conservation champion. This rating means our trail is sustainably managed to provide access to nature for humans and a habitat for wildlife that provides food, water, shelter and a place to raise young.

We received this award in part thanks to the help of our partners at IU Health West Hospital and Duke Energy. Both organizations planted pollinator gardens at our Outdoor Classroom that is adjacent to the Maple Ridge Trail. We appreciate the efforts of these volunteers to help us create a garden that will draw pollinators including bees, birds, bats and butterflies to keep this area vibrant.

Another way we are focusing on environmental stewardship is by adopting best practices in “green” stormwater infrastructure when constructing our new parks. For example, you’ll find seven stormwater basins or “constructed wetlands” at Cardinal Park. These wetlands use plantings and natural processes – rather than water pipes – to manage stormwater runoff and improve water quality. We plan to install interpretive signage in the spring to help educate the community on how these wetlands maintain the park environment.

We will follow similar practices to protect the wetlands and floodplains as we develop our properties at CR 300 N just east of CR 900 E (adjacent to the B&O Trail) and at 315 W. Main Street. These future parks will help improve stormwater management, water quality and promote the development of natural habitats in these areas of Town.

Finally, we are pleased to share that we sold more than 400 trees during our recent tree sale. As part of our Tree City USA responsibilities, we are connecting residents from throughout Brownsburg with resources to do their part to help increase the Town’s tree canopy, which in turns helps to reduce carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide and ozone from the air.

Thank you for working with Brownsburg Parks to ensure our environment is protected and strengthened for many years to come.

 

Travis Tranbarger

Parks Director