Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, Westerville Ohio
While Highlands Park had a functioning wetland, over the years it silted in and was overgrown with invasive cattail species. A plan was developed to enhance the vegetative community and expand the boundaries to best utilize the available space. This increased area will both improve the habitat quality and allow a greater buffering capacity for storm water run-off and filtration. Scattered open water areas will function as habitat for fish and waterfowl, as well as act as a trap for suspended sediments.