Hendersonville launches stream restoration project at Sullivan Park

News release from the City of Hendersonville:
The City of Hendersonville’s project to restore Brooklyn Creek will kick off construction later this month. Sullivan Park visitors will soon witness the transformation of Brooklyn Creek into a haven of biodiversity and natural beauty.
The stream restoration project encompasses a comprehensive restoration plan, including habitat enhancement, water quality improvements, and the revitalization of the surrounding ecosystem. Native plantings, channel improvements, and sustainable landscaping techniques will be employed to create a balanced and thriving environment.
The construction is scheduled to begin around April 10th; however, the park will remain open to visitors. Several small impacts are anticipated during the construction including closing the footbridge over the stream and temporarily relocating birdhouses along the edge of the stream buffer. The construction areas will be fenced off to ensure a safe environment for the contractor and park users.
“The Brooklyn Creek Stream Restoration at Sullivan Park is a testament to our shared commitment to restore the creek’s health and ensure a flourishing habitat for future generations while honoring the history of the vibrant Brooklyn community,” said Stormwater Division Manager Michael Huffman.
Last fall, the City of Hendersonville and community stakeholders held an event to commemorate the installation of the Brooklyn Creek sign and the launch of the Stream Restoration Project in Sullivan Park.
The Stream Naming project was completed through a partnership between community members, the City of Hendersonville Stormwater Division, the Community Foundation of Henderson County, and RiverLink, a local environmental non-profit. Riverlink’s’ “Name That Creek Program” aims to connect communities to their local waterways and to lead to good stewardship of the natural resources while also providing an opportunity to recognize and remember a community’s history. The name “Brooklyn Creek” was chosen by community members as a way to honor the vibrant past of the historic Brooklyn community that once thrived in the area around the creek.
“As we embark on this inspiring journey of renewal, the Brooklyn Creek Restoration Project will undoubtedly serve as a shining example of community collaboration, environmental responsibility, and the enduring connection between people and nature,” said Stormwater Division Manager Michael Huffman.
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