2017 Parks Division Rain Garden Management - Contract: 2017 Parks Division Rain Garden Management #7887

Last Updated: 09/20/2017

NOTICE:  Tallgrass Restoration LLC installed plants at the James Madison Park raingarden site and at Walnut Grove dog park during the week of September 11th.
Both locations have orange construction-type fence blocking off the planting sites with the park along with notices describing the activity there.

Parks appreciates your assistance in helping us to get the new plantings established by staying keeping both human and dog users out of these areas at the parks.
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The image, above, is of the enclosure area at Walnut Grove Park dog park on September 19th.  Herbicide applications have successfully removedturfgrass in this area prior to the planting of native prairie plants of the type currently installed in the rain garden areas as shown.  When complete, the area will only need to receive periodic mowing to keep woody plants at bay and will be a profound addition to pollinator habitat and forage at the park!

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The image, above, is of the enclosure area at James Madison Park dog park on September 19th.  Herbicide applications have successfully removed invasives such as thistle and burdock in this area prior to the planting of native wet-tolerant plants of the type currently installed in the rain garden area as seen in the photo.  When complete, the area will only need to receive periodic burns to keep woody plants at bay and will be a profound addition to pollinator habitat and forage at the park in addition to serving as a site of stormwater capturment and filtration!

Questions regarding the plans for the park can be directed to:
Kate Kane, Project Manager (608) 261-9671 or kkane@cityofmadison.com


BACKGROUND:
Each year the City of Madison identifies rain garden and stormwater management sites in need of invasive species control and/or replanting with site-appropriate native plant plugs. Plants including but not limited to sedges, bullrushes, grasses and forbs are utilized at these important park features.

In 2017, these projects include a variety of type of management and installations as outlined below:

  • Door Creek Park (invasive woody and herbaceous species management at main parking lot's raingarden)
  • James Madison Park - Parking Lot (invasive species management and replanting at parking lot near Gates of Heaven)
  • James Madison Park - boathouse area (identification and removal of wild and/or cow parsnip along shoreline)
  • Walnut Grove Park (replacement of turfgrass at steep slope area with native grasses and other "no mow" perennials)

Plans and specifications were advertised for bid in January 2017 and the contract has been awarded to Tallgrass Restoration, LLC of Milton, WI who submitted the lowest qualified bid of $22,960.39  Work on this contract is anticipated to begin in May 2017 and all installations will be completed by early fall 2017.  Maintenance of the plantings at all sites will continue through December 1, 2018.