The workshop will be an opportunity for residents to provide input on the project design concept that will occupy the site of the former Duke Diet and Fitness Center, located at 808 W. Trinity Avenue. The project survey conducted earlier this year indicated that improving water quality in Ellerbe Creek is an important goal and amenities such as trails, boardwalks, seating areas and other educational interaction are important to evaluate as part of the design.
The site is a natural low point that receives rain runoff from downtown and nearby neighborhoods. The runoff flows into a branch of South Ellerbe Creek before making its way downstream to Falls Lake, a major regional drinking water source. This stormwater restoration will slow down the runoff, allowing specialized plants and soil to filter out pollution and improve aquatic life. The enhanced urban green space will also allow access to nature and provide carbon storage.