Through a USDA Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) grant Olmsted Parks Conservancy converted a total of seven acres in Cherokee and Seneca Parks to colorful prairies. This is an important step as we continue to manage the invasive plants in these parks. The Prairie Project helps prevent growth of Porcelain Berry Vine as well as other invasive plants that might otherwise take root.
Planting started the summer of 2012 and flowers include yellow and purple coneflowers, lavender bergamots, fragrant mints, purple mist flowers and small sunflowers.
There are five acres in Cherokee and two acres in Seneca were open areas that needed to be mowed multiple times a year, now its transformed into beautiful field of native flowers. Prairies provide healthy habitat for birds and native pollinators, and a food source for some wildlife.
To maintain the areas they are cut once a year in the fall.
Please enjoy these beautiful areas.