We’ve gotten several inquiries about why so many trees are being taken down at Cooper Green across from the Public Safety Building on Fenimore Road. Could it be more houses? A new fire station or a parking lot? Fortunately, the answer is no -- there will be no new hardscape at Cooper Green. Instead, as part of the South Fox Meadow Stormwater Improvement project, Cooper Green will become one of the largest rain gardens in the Hudson Valley. The rain garden will retain water in times of big downfalls which will be released in a timely fashion into the watercourse that will extend down the Post Road. From there the water will flow into Harcourt Woods, south of the high school, and ultimately end up in the Bronx River.
The rain garden will be planted with native plants, shrubs and trees that can thrive in bothwet and dry conditions.
Among these plants are: 110 pye weed, 155 purple love grass, 130 blue flag iris’s, 250 switch grass, 270 verbena plus yarrow, cone flower, mallow, goldenrod, winterberry and even knock-out roses.
And further upstream, at George Field, a seven-acre detention pond will be created, capable of holding 2.3 million gallons of water at a depth of 1-3 inches. A bulldozer is already on site there to begin the work.
So tree lovers should not despair; beautiful landscaping is in the works for Scarsdale.