Drexel Town Square – the new town center of Oak Creek, WI – is designed as a traditional downtown, including Main Street mixed-uses, City Hall, and Library.
To accommodate stormwater management and integrate with existing wetland resources, AES constructed Drexel Town Square Wetland Park. The 17-acre restoration site offers western views of healthy natural ecosystems from the new government center and library.
AES restored eight acres to wetland and nine acres to upland prairie, with enhancements to the existing hardwood forest. Three stormwater ponds and wetland system were created to collect runoff from new development parking lots and buffer sudden changes to the wetland hydrology. A paved trail system, benches, and boardwalks over the wetland areas provide public access to the wetland areas.
Field crews installed 31,000 emergent wetland plants, 92 trees, 667 shrubs, and 10 acres of seed ranging from dry short grass prairie to shallow marsh and wet meadow wetlands.
The project also included installation of a native vegetation bioswale system to filter parking lot runoff at the northeast corner of the Town Square. Bio-swales were formally landscaped with native perennials, shrubs, and ornamental trees, with granite boulders up to seven feet diameter.
- Wetland Restoration
- Prairie Seeding
- Erosion Control
- Woodland Enhancement
- Stormwater Bioswales
Drexel Town Square Wetland Park
Oak Creek, Wisconsin