Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Address: 2 mile marker on MKT Trail
Park Hours: 6 am to 11 pm
Green roof shelter, non-reservable
4 - Picnic tables (1-ADA)
3 - Wetland cells
Nature trail (1.25 mile loop, including MKT portion)
24 - Interpretive signs with on-line audio component
Forum Connector Access
1 - Bike rack
These wetlands were created to help filter stormwater runoff and provide habitat for wildlife. The former site was home to a sewer treatment plant along an important riparian forest corridor and was in need of restoration. Out of concern for the health and welfare of local streams, flora, and fauna, sixteen agency partners came together to restore this area and create the wetlands. The wetland cells treat stormwater runoff from approximately 140 acres of urban watershed and can store an estimated 10,000,000 gallons of runoff. The old sewer treatment pumphouse was repurposed into a viewing platform with a green roof. Visitors will enjoy viewing the wildlife that has been attracted to the improved habitat. In fact, e-bird.org the 3M Wetlands listed as a world "hot spot" for bird sightings.
Twenty-four interpretive signs about the wetlands and the adjacent MKT Trail are distributed along the wetland trail. Each sign has a QR code that trail users can scan with their smart phones and hear an audio version of the sign information. The audio version is also available on-line for each of the 24 educational signs.
More information on the 3M Wetlands can be found at the following links:
|Year Completed||Project Description|
|2014||3M Flat Branch-Hinkson Creek Wetlands Development|
Benches along the Wetlands Loop trail are available for adoption. Click on the links below for a map with bench locations and for program information. The chart below shows which benches are available for adoption.
|Map of Bench Locations|
|3M #1: Adopted||3M #3: Adopted|
|3M #2: Adopted||3M #4: Available|