Pollinator gardens installed at parks
|Volunteers work together installing the new pollinator |
gardens at Heritage Park and Ridge Road Park in Canton Township.
Heritage and Ridge Road parks in the township each now include pollinator gardens created by volunteers from Community Financial Credit Union and the Dartmouth Alumni of Detroit/NW/Ohio, under the guidance of Creating Habitats for Pollinators. The native grasses and plants have been planted in an effort to give bees and other pollinators a place to thrive, explained Abe Vinitski, Canton parks supervisor.
“Butterflies and bees need plenty of native, flowering plants to thrive,” said Vinitski. “By increasing the amount of dedicated habitat for these pollinating insects, we hope to add nesting sites that are critical to their survival, as well as serve as inspiration to others to add pollinator habitats in their yards.”
Pollinator gardens are designed to attract bees, butterflies, moths, flies, beetles, bats, as well as hummingbirds. These animals perform the crucial ecosystem service of pollination, making it possible for food and flowers to grow.
A pollinator garden can have a positive impact on these important insects and small mammals, Vinitski explained.
Heritage Park, located just west of the Canton Administrative Office at 1150 S. Canton Center Road, is one of the premier parks in the township. Visitors to the 105 acres of green space can enjoy two playscapes, a splash pad, four pavilions, a gazebo, two large ponds, walking tracks, an amphitheater, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a sand volleyball court, fishing area, and other amenities.
Ridge Road Park, located on the northwest corner of Ford and Ridge Roads, is currently comprised of 134 acres of undeveloped land where visitors can take advantage of a half-mile crushed gravel trail during park hours from dawn until dusk.
Overnight parking is not allowed in the park and no winter maintenance will take place.
For more information,visit www.cantonfun.org or call (734) 394-5460.