GWJax is designing and constructing the McCoys Creek branches which form the western-most portion of the creek along the Emerald Trail. Pictured above is the 30% design of Confluence Park, part of the branches recreation plan. The branches creek restoration design will be completed by May.
McCoys Creek was once the centerpiece of the neighborhood; its adjacent parks were places where families gathered for picnics, where Dads took their kids fishing, where children chased butterflies, and cooled off in the creek on a summer day. Sadly, after years of flooding, water pollution and neglect, not much recreation happens along McCoys Creek anymore.
Within the economically vulnerable McCoys Creek watershed, dozens of roads, homes and businesses flood during even normal rainfall events. The creek was channelized and bulkheaded years ago which allowed development in flood-prone areas, and destroyed the nearby floodplain and wetlands along with critical habitat for plants, fish and wildlife.
Groundwork and the City are working together to restore McCoys Creek and create a picturesque recreational destination. The City has budgeted $60 million over the next three years to fund creek restoration, trail construction and park improvements, using Groundwork's vision plan and 30% design that will return McCoys Creek to a naturally meandering flow to prevent flooding, significantly improve water quality, restore fish and wildlife habitat and create a more resilient ecosystem along the western end of the Emerald Trail.