South Wilmington Wetland Park
The South Wilmington Wetlands Park will also increase local walkability and recreational opportunities. The most prominent design feature of the site is a wide, ADA accessible boardwalk/on grade pathway through the heart of the park. This pathway will function as a recreational opportunity for local residents as well as visitors that will also allow the Southbridge community to access nearby jobs and retail shopping. The South Wilmington Wetlands Park will provide flood relief to Wilmington's historic Southbridge neighborhood and clean up one of the largest brownfields in the City. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, a brownfield is a property that may have hazardous substances, pollutants or contaminants present. Building the Wetlands Park will require the removal of contaminated soil which was dumped into the marsh over the past hundred years. BrightFields, Inc. Environmental Services is working with the City to ensure that the park will be safe for people to enjoy and a place where fish, birds, and wildlife can safely live.
July 2019 Update: Diamond is currently clearing the site in preparation for storm water upgrades and testing the soil for chemicals.