Most of Sherwood Park is routinely mowed, however, the park is low lying and frequently floods. The project plan proposes to convert 7 acres of the maintained lawn areas to wet meadow habitat and depression wetlands. Wetlands located north of Hines Drive will be hydrologically reconnected to the habitat located south of Hines Drive next to the river. The reconnection will use a culvert with a natural bottom to serve as a travel corridor under Hines Drive for small mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Maintained lawn areas will be converted to wet meadow with native plant species that provide food and habitat for pollinators.
Funding and ParntersThis project was funded by the U. S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office through an approximately $4M Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant received by the Alliance of Rouge Communities for five projects (Lola Valley, Bell Creek, Riverview Park, Sherwood Park and Lower Rouge) Grant #GL-00E02896. The design was completed under an approximately $770,000 GLRI grant to Wayne County in 2019 (Grant # GL-00E02432) Partners in this project include the U.S. EPA, GLRI, ARC, and Wayne County Parks
Where and WhenSherwood Park is located in Westland in the Middle Branch of the Rouge River. Project design began in 2019 with construction starting in the summer of 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2022. Maintenance of the vegetation that will be planted as part of the restoration will be done in 2023-2024.
Anticipated OutcomesConvert 7 acres of maintained lawn to wet meadow habitat and depression wetlands Hydrologically reconnect wetlands to Rouge River through a culvert under Hines Drive
Conditions Before Restoration
Photo Gallery of Restoration Activities
New culvert installed
Seeded forested area
New path installed
Grading for wetlands