Wetland that was polluted soon for all to enjoy after renovation
Pengmen Wetland in Jiabei Country Park is due to open to the public in March after a renovation program that began in August, the Jiading forestry authority said.
An application to renovate the 60,430-square-meter wetland, the size of 8.6 soccer fields, was made in March last year as it had been heavily polluted by pesticides and fertilizers from nearby farmland.
“In the future we will see birds nest here after the ecological system of the area has recovered,” said Cui Rongxiang, an engineer from Jiading Forestry Station.
The area has had its terrain reconstructed and water quality has been improved.
“We have reshaped the bottom of the river and set up some islands in the lake to make a better environment for the wetland,” Cui said.
To increase regional biodiversity, five species of terrestrial plants, such as dandelion, marguerite, wild chrysanthemum and foxtail, and 13 species of aquatic plants have been introduced. The plants will make the area more livable for birds and serve as food for fish and amphibians.
Jiabei Country Park is one of the city’s largest suburban parks. It opened to the public on September 24, 2017. The first phase of the park covers 7.3 square kilometers, including the wetland.
Once completed, the country park will have a total land area of 14 square kilometers. The park is open during the day with free admission and closed at night.
Jiabei was one of the first seven country parks to open in Shanghai, mostly in suburban districts including Minhang, Jinshan, Songjiang and Qingpu.