Construction of the Huron Rouge Sewage Disposal System (HRSDS) Sanitary Retention Facility, began at Rotary Park in July 2020. This project addresses the City’s sanitary sewer flow rate with the construction of a new retention facility. Enhancements will be made to the Rotary Park trail leading from the tennis court area, north to 9 Mile Road as part of the project. The park’s playground, pavilion, restrooms, tennis courts and southern trail remain open during construction. Construction is anticipated to continue through summer of 2021.
Non-Native Invasive Species Removal
In a cooperative effort by PRCS, Parks Maintenance, Forestry and Community Development staff, removal of the non-native invasive species buckthorn took place at Rotary Park in March 2016. The non-native species first appeared in 1949. Buckthorn is invasive in that it sprouts leaves earlier and sheds them later than most native plants, reducing surrounding ground vegetation. The non-native invasive displaces other plant species as the seeds are spread by birds. Buckthorn also changes the chemistry in the soil, increasing nitrogen content that’s good for buckthorn and bad for other plant species.
Trail Entry Before and After
Rotary Park Path at Wetlands Before and After