The Wolf River activity will re-establish wetlands and other flood storage to accommodate water flow thereby protecting nearby and downstream homes. In conjunction with the wetland restoration, this activity also provides for completion of the Wolf River Greenway connection, the 18-mile foundational trail of the regional Greenprint network, repair and upgrades of two local parks and creation of a green street.
Project Update (November 2021): Shelby County has recently reached major milestones in the Wolf River Greenway project. Park improvement work under both Rodney Baber Park and John F. Kennedy Park has begun. The County held groundbreaking events for both park improvement projects. The Baber Park groundbreaking ceremony occurred on Monday, October 18th, and the Kennedy Park groundbreaking ceremony occurred on Monday, November 1st. Photos of these events as well as recent design maps of each project are located below.
Orchi Road Connector
In 2011, twenty homes were flooded on Orchi Road and Kendrick Street as stormwater overtopped Orchi Road from the north side. The Orchi connector activity will elevate a section of the road approximately six feet to prevent future overtopping in similar storm events and create a wetland pond for stormwater storage. A pivotal local connector, Orchi Road will be reconstructed as a Complete Street with bicycle facilities along the north side of the road which will provide a direct connection between the neighborhoods and the Wolf River Greenway.
Rodney Baber Park, Frayser
During the 2011 disasters, this park was inundated by floodwaters which destroyed the electrical infrastructure. This activity will raise the site above the floodplain while adding flood storage and stormwater capacity. Following the infill and infrastructure repair, upgrades for Rodney Baber Park will include recreational facilities, a fishing lake, trails, a new wetland area and existing wetland preservation.
Kennedy Park, Raleigh
To reduce downstream flooding, the Wolf River’s wetlands in the Kennedy Park area will be expanded to provide detention areas and water quality buffers. Park amenities will also be upgraded to include a soccer field which will also serve as a flood detention area and other park infrastructure.
Environmental Review – Authority to Use Grant Funds
Below are links to a complete copy of the Wolf River Environmental Assessment, as well as copies of the County’s request to HUD to use grant funds on the Wolf River Project, and HUD’s subsequent approval. With HUD’s approval, the County has been cleared to begin construction on the Wolf River Greenway and associated stream improvements.
Public Notice of Environmental Review
Below is a link to the notice that Shelby County Government posted, stating that it had conducted an evaluation, as required by Executive Order 11988, to determine the potential affect that its activity in wetlands and the floodplain will have on the human environment for the Wolf River Wetland Restoration and Greenway project, under the HUD National Disaster Resiliency Grant.