The City of Toledo invites the public to learn about the new green infrastructure features at Cullen Park during an open house. The open house will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 29that Cullen Park on 4526 N. Summit Street in Point Place. At 10:30am there will be a media conference including remarks by Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and a representative of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s office. Guided group tours of the site will be also offered between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Over the past several months, Cullen Park has been in the process of a transformation to showcase best management practices for improved stormwater handling using natural features such as wetlands and vegetative filter strips and native plants. These are collectively known as green infrastructure. The new design will help Toledo and surrounding communities better understand how to protect the health of Lake Erie through natural management of excess runoff.

This project has been a cooperative effort between the City of Toledo’s Divisions of Engineering Services and Environmental Services and The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc. Funding for improvements to Cullen Park in the amount of $300,000 was provided by the U.S. EPA through a $500,000 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant.

The term green infrastructure is used to differentiate it from the typical gutters and underground concrete pipes, or gray infrastructure, used in urban areas to drain excess stormwater. In a conventional gray infrastructure system the water is not filtered or retained in the ground to slow its flow. This can contribute to flooding and nutrient overload, which can then lead to algal blooms.

Who: Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson
          Councilwoman Lindsay Webb
          Representative of Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur’s Office
          City of Toledo Division of Environmental Services

What: Cullen Park Open House with green infrastructure features

When: 10:30 a.m. media conference and
            11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. tours on Thursday, October 29th

Where: Cullen Park on 4526 N. Summit Street in Point Place 

Posted by Stacy Weber on Wednesday, October 28, 2015.