RALEIGH — A new water garden and wetland feature at Fred Fletcher Park is open to the public.
The water garden is next to the "Redbird" sculpture, behind the basketball and tennis courts near the park's entrance on Washington Street off Glenwood Avenue.
Raleigh's Parks and Recreation Department is planning a dedication ceremony for the water garden in June.
The water garden will create a new home for dragonflies, butterflies, ducks and other animals. The city will also install educational signs at a few places around the water garden, according to a news release.
Construction began on the water park in March and was scheduled for completion this past summer but "unforeseen matters" delayed the opening, the release said. After construction of the water garden and wetland was complete, the area remained closed to the public for several weeks while an overlook deck was built.
Raleigh's Stormwater Management Division will now monitor the water garden to determine how effectively it improves water quality.
During periods of rain, city staff will collect stormwater runoff samples flowing into the water garden and compare those with samples of the water draining out of the water garden.