The old Road Safety School and BMX track in Oaklands Park has been turned into a wetland which , according to the Marion Council website, is capable of harvesting enough water to fill 160 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Yesterday, as a Mother’s Day treat, we took Jamie’s 80 year old mother and our 2 year old granddaughter for a walk through these newly established gardens.
While there we learnt that the wetland ponds in the wetland treat stormwater taken from the Sturt River. Over a couple of days the water is filtered slowly through aquatic plants that remove nutrients and sediment after which the treated water is stored in underground bores. The treated stormwater is used to irrigate local reserves and parks. As a bonus the newly developed environment has created a much needed home for wildlife.
We think it is an awesome innovation. Here in SA, polluted stormwater and sewage being released into the ocean is a huge issue. It is terrific to see Marion Council actually doing something about the problem and in such a family friendly way.
The wetlands is full of easy to traverse paths, bridges and tracks. Some were a little muddy given the recent downpours we have been experiencing, but mostly the old and young in our little group found the walk an easy one.
While there we saw parrots, ducks, cockatoos, spoonbills and ibis, as well as lots of insects and ducks swimming in the water. Ruby was equally entranced and terrified by the ducks.
Lots of old River red gums and plus 85,000 new plants have created a beautiful environment.