Monday, June 2, 2008

June 1 Dedication of Wetland Preserve

The Washtenaw County Drain Commissioner's new storm water detention project at the Mary Beth Doyle Park and Wetland Preserve was dedicated on June 1 This project uses native trees, shrubs, and herbacious plants as part of a project to slow the flow of Mallett's Creek and keep the waters cool for wildlife. (Click here for details.)

Quoting Mike Garfield:
"The park was renamed after Mary Beth Doyle, the Ecology Center's former Environmental Health Campaign Director, in memory of her remarkable work at the local, state, and national levels for environmental health, and of her energetic efforts to save green space and parks in Ann Arbor. Mary Beth ran the field campaign for the 1999 Ann Arbor parks millage campaign, and was a leader in the 2000 Washtenaw County natural areas campaign and 2003 Ann Arbor Greenbelt campaign.

"In the way that this park blends fun with environmental protection, it provides a fitting tribute to Mary Beth Doyle. She found humor in the toughest situations, and was a dogged defender of public health and the environment."