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Springfield Bog Metro Park offers floral display

7/28/2011 - West Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Photos: Lew Stamp
SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Bog Metro Park is blooming with color.

Springfield Bog features 108 acres of wetlands, including a 12-acre kettle bog, 5-acre bog and a now overgrown 91-acre wetland. The 256-acre park was created with help from the Trust for Public Land, a national land conservation agency. Located at 1400 Portage Line Road, the park opened Jan. 5 and is Metro Parks, Serving Summit County’s first “Watch Us Grow” opportunity, allowing the public to see how it is transformed from farmland into prairie, according to Metro Parks officials.

Shown at right bottom is a field of sunny plains coreopsis in one area of the park.

Lemon mint, pictured at left, also is abundantly scattered throughout the park, as is Queen Anne’s Lace, shown at right middle.

Metro Parks officials have begun planting more than 40 varieties of prairie plants to transform the land, according to Metro Parks officials. An easy 1.6-mile trail around the bog allows the public to get up close to its scenic features.

Also planned for the park is handicap-accessible restrooms, a 40-car parking lot and possibly a picnic pavilion and park maintenance facility, according to Metro Parks officials.

The site also could develop into a birding hotspot, attracting bobolinks, meadowlarks, rails and other grassland nesting species, according to Metro Parks officials.

Other species found in the park are various dragonflies, including the Eastern Amberwing dragonfly, shown at right top.

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