Boling Lane Park a long time downtown park that many Siler City residents fondly remember spending playtime at has been seeing lots of change lately. Two stormwater wetlands and a creek buffer have been added to the park to help reducing flooding issues in the park while at the same time providing rich new habitat for a wide variety of plant and animals such as birds, amphibians, dragonflies and other aquatic invertebrates. For more information on environmental benefits of stormwater wetland read the article NC State University Cooperative Extension article, Urban Waterways: Stormwater Wetlands and Ecosystem Services.
The new environmental friendly look of Boling Lane Park is a stormwater and community outreach project of the Town of Siler City and the Loves Creek Watershed Stewards, a local stakeholders group with the mission to develop and promote community stewardship of the watershed with the goal of restoring the ecological function of Loves Creek and its tributaries. The funding for the project came from the EPA Non-Point Source Planning 319 grant administered by NC Department of Environmental Quality. The wetlands were designed by NCSU Biological and Agricultural Engineering and the construction and dirt moving for the project was completed by Wright Contracting with oversight from the Town of Siler City and Piedmont Conservation Council. Planting of the wetlands and expanded creek buffers in the park were completed by Biocenosis LLC with the help of over 50 volunteers from the Siler City community, town staff, Chatham Soil and Water Conservation District office, and Jordan Matthew High School Occupational Course of Student students. Come Spring these wetlands will be teaming with life.