The Hidden Valley Community Association is making their area a little greener. Members of the association, the community and County storm water staff planted 500 native flowering plants that will beautify the streetscape and provide valuable food and habitat sources for wildlife.
Encompassing over 14 acres, the Hidden Valley Ecological Garden sits near the headwaters of Little Sugar Creek just off North Tryon Street. The stream has been restored and several wetlands, and a large wet pond, help store and clean stormwater runoff.
“That’s our attempt to make this so nice that you want to pause, stop and turn around safely and come down in here and see what’s going on. Especially a walkable community for the neighborhood,” said Marjorie Parker, President of the Hidden Valley Community Association.
In 2020, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) received a placemaking grant from the City of Charlotte to partner with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services (CMSWS) to improve the garden for wildlife and residents.
To kick off the grant, CMSWS and NCWF together with the Hidden Valley Community Association hosted the community planting day on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Additional placemaking efforts will continue in upcoming months.
WCNC Story on Ecological Garden