Huron officials hit a home run to improve drainage and esthetics in their premier baseball facility.
Just recently, officials obtained a $53,800 state grant to install special plants in and around Fabens Park’s two retention ponds. Retention ponds are designed to hold excess water during severe storms, preventing the flooding of creeks, rivers or other bodies of water.
City funds will front the remaining $35,900 cost to cover a total price of $89,700.
The benefits of special plants aim to:
• Filter out pollutants from runoff water before it enters one of two on-site retention ponds.
• Enhance and create a new wetland and river-related habitat.
• Improve the water quality before it reaches the Huron River and Lake Erie. Further ignoring the issue could lead to contamination issues.
• Educate neighboring residents and communities about the species being planted.
“This will further aid in the cleansing of the surface water,” Huron city manager Andy White said. “The plants will also beautify the area with better landscaping in the park.
Design work should begin in the coming weeks. Plant installation will then occur in spring 2015 with an expected completion date of summer 2015.
Making sense of the dollars and cents
• $89,700: Total cost to add plants in the process to cleanse runoff water depositing into one of two retention ponds in Fabens Park.
• $53,800: Amount Huron officials obtained from a state grant for this project.
• $35,900: Amount in local funds Huron officials will provide for this project.