PHOTO GALLERY: Hiawatha Crossing Helps Control Flood Potential

The new detention ponds in Sturtevant are pretty and peaceful, but they serve an important purpose, too.

Stand at the corner of Highways 11 and H in Sturtevant, and you'll never know that just a few hundred yards away is a peaceful retreat that serves a dual purpose.

The Hiawatha Crossing detention ponds completed construction last fall and native vegetation is starting to grow in. Trees are still young but budding and the paved path provides a great surface for a leisurely walk or a jog.

But the village's newest recreation area is more than a pretty face. Without the ponds and the controlled metering into the storm sewer, residents on Hulda Drive could experience flooding every time we get a big storm.

Chuck Stachowski, director of public works, explains, "Without the ponds and the timed release of the water into the system, a big rain like we had a couple of years ago would turn Hulda Drive into pool every time."

Because there was so much water draining from the fields into the existing storm water pipe, water run-off from properties and streets didn't have anywhere to go. The result, Stachowski added, was about two feet of water on Hulda Drive and flooded basements.

There is limited parking on a gravel pad at the entrance to Hiawatha Crossing and dogs are allowed as long as residents are responsible and clean up after them. The village even provides the bags to make it easy.

Heather Asiyanbi April 27, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Have you been out to Hiawatha Crossing? Take some photos and share them with us!
jon jonsson June 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Info on the park is so limited on the internet.I had to drive down there with all my grand kids to find out where the entrance was.It is so far away from the crossing on a gravel road,that half of my seven couldnt walk that far.And if you were older,you couldnt walk there either.What is wrong with you people!!!!!!!
jon jonsson August 04, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Are you ignoring the handicapped and elderly?
Sue Reynolds March 26, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I would like to know where this is as well. Only time I see any info on it is in this newpaper. Why is it not mention on any parks websites?
Heather Asiyanbi March 26, 2013 at 01:05 PM
@Sue - Hiawatha is located at the southeast corner of Highways H & 11 - just a little south of there, actually. There's a small gravel lot where you can park and then follow the path back to the ponds. The village is planning to pave the lot and the path going back into the pond area for better access.


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