Pontoon Beach, Illinois
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Welcome to the Wetlands!
In 2008, the Collinsville Area Recreation District (CARD) acquired a parcel of land on Arlington Drive. Through grants and donations, in cooperation with Madison County and HeartLands Conservancy, we have been working to restore this property to its prior state as an American Bottom wetland. This wetland will be known as Arlington Wetlands.
We at CARD look forward to the many benefits promised by Arlington Wetlands. Due to its proximity to the confluence of the Missouri, Mississippi, and Illinois Rivers, Arlington Wetlands can play a major role in the migration of waterfowl throughout the year. Arlington Wetlands will offer a home to wetland-dependent threatened and endangered species. CARD will also utilize Arlington Wetland for educational and recreational opportunities for our community.
Stay tuned for some exciting events at Arlington Wetlands in 2012, as we make significant strides toward the restoration of this property. CARD will offer multiple opportunities for community involvement as we move ahead with this remarkable project. We look forward to sharing the experience of Arlington Wetlands with the Collinsville area community!
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Experience the groundbreaking
Click here to read about the groundbreaking on June 1, 2012.
Even our parking lot is environmentally-friendly
We're all about protecting the environment at Arlington Wetlands so it's no surprise that even the parking lot is helping to protect our favorite resource: our planet.
The parking lot was created by Willow Creek Permeable Pavers of Minnesota. The pavers help control erosion and storm water runoff, which sometimes carries pollutants into bodies of water like Arlington Wetlands.
For more information, and to see a video about how permeable pavers work, click here.
Arlington Wetlands is for kids!
Along with its conservation aspect, Arlington Wetlands is also about recreation and education. In fact, we've developed an entire website just for children and their parents to help them explore Arlington Wetlands during a visit or from their home computer. Soon be able to to meet Arty, the Arlington Wetlands frog, and start exploring the area's newest wetlands restoration site via the internet.
NEWS: Help us build a boardwalk!
We need volunteers to assist with building at boardwalk at Arlington Wetlands. The volunteer days are March 16-17, 2013. Donate an hour or an entire day -- we can't do it without you! Click here to volunteer.