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Get More Green For Less Green

Jan 26 2018 | Maple Crest

Blog Image Did you know that 2/3 of Edmonton’s population live within a ten-minute walk of a natural area park? These natural parks are managed in a way that puts nature first, by protecting native wildlife habitat and natural processes.

Maple Crest is a new community where residents will never be more than a few minutes form such a park or green space. The community boasts Edmonton’s largest wetland and park space in its northwest corner. Fulton Marsh, at 75 acres, represents the city’s largest stormwater lake and park. Its primary purpose, when initiated over 15 years ago was to provide regional stormwater draining and storage to reduce flooding from Fulton Creek which still flows through the community’s woodland ravine.

Dream Development transformed this “rugged terrain” into one of the city’s most beautiful natural amenities by sculpting its shoreline, creating a series of protected nesting islands for waterfowl and observation decks for people, developing acres of the manicured park around the water and constructing a paved path network.



Many waterfowl take part in spring and fall migrations that begin or end in Maple Crest including geese, swans, ducks, pelicans, partridges, hawks and red-winged blackbirds to name just a few. Several amphibian and small mammal species also inhabit the area including rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, deer, and others.



Since its original construction, the marsh and upland plant species has evolved into a well-developed and diverse habitat. The marsh supports native upland species and a diverse collection of submerging and floating vegetation. Some common wetland vegetation found in Alberta are common horsetail, meadow horsetail, reed canary grass, rough hair grass & wild Mint.



Protection

It’s important to remember this area is a natural environment and the protection of habitat is essential. People should not disturb nesting sites, damage or harvest any plants, trees or indigenous florals.



Ravine, Stream & Trail System

A vast woodland ravine winds through Maple Crest from the south end to Fulton Marsh. This beautiful terrain features winding trails and a paved path network that is bordered by towering trees and shrubs. Today, Fulton creek is more of a trickle than a major waterway, but it is still essential for the healthy existence of this unique eco-system. This is one of the community’s most beautiful amenities and provides a beautiful backdrop for many homes.