Donnybrook Fen - great blue lobelia and jewelweed
Donnybrook Fen – great blue lobelia and jewelweed

Donnybrook Park is home to a unique feature – it contains the only known fen in the Centerville/Washington Township area! A fen is a type of wetland habitat that draws its main source of water from underground springs. This produces calcium-rich soils and plant varieties you won’t find anywhere else.

The Centerville-Washington Park District received a $220,000 grant from the Clean Ohio Conservation Fund to restore the area west of the fen to its original state. The grant includes funding for a boardwalk, stabilization of the streambed, invasive species removal and the planting of native wetland species. This will increase the size of the fen, allowing more opportunities for native plants and pollinators to thrive and be enjoyed by the neighborhood. The area will provide an educational opportunity for the community.

Restoration work is taking place this fall! We are excited to preserve this unique habitat!

Review the plans (PDF) >