LEAGUE CITY — The city will dedicate Ghirardi WaterSmart Park at a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday morning.
The park, along with a playscape and shaded walking trails, includes special features meant to help educate visitors about water conservation and quality. It’s the only park of its kind in this area and it may be unique in the state, said Charriss York, a program specialist with Texas A&M University’s Agrilife Extension office.
The WaterSmart concept has three principals: water conservation, water quality and wildlife habitat, she said.
“Those are the three things we kept in mind with this park,” York said.
Funding for the 3.75-acre park came from a grant from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the city’s park fund.
The park includes things such as rain gardens that help filter rainwater, rainwater harvesting tanks that collect rain water from the park pavilion and a green or living roof, among other features.
There is a swale that runs through the park that slows runoff water and allows for it to sink in and be filtered before the water makes it into the storm drain system, York said.
“Anything that we can get out of the water before it gets to Clear Creek will help improve the water quality,” she said.
The plants used in the park are all also native or adaptive plants that use less water, she said. They provide food and resources for wildlife such as humming birds, songbirds and dragonflies, along with needing less water.
“These are concepts, rain gardens, native plants, rain water harvesting, are things that people can do at home or at businesses,” York said.
So along with enjoying the parks amenities, which include a play scape that community members helped build and the historic Ghiradi Oak and the Moonshine Oak, York said she hoped visitors would take some time to learn about the water features at the park.
At a Glance
WHAT: Ribbon cutting and dedication at the Ghirardi WaterSmart Park.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Ghirardi WaterSmart Park, 1810 Louisiana St.