Libby Reuter and Joshua Rowan
August 2012
Sports Complex at Forestwood Park, Ferguson, Missouri
N38.73829 W090.28427

Fescue and other compacted lawn grasses do not absorb as much water as that which will filter slowly through the forest floor. Here, rain falling in this part of Maline Creek drainage area, or sub-watershed, flows from a fenced, concrete-lined channel and into the creek at the very edges of Forestwood Park. The park is named for the trees that once covered the land and for acres of baseball, football, and soccer fields that now occupy it. Was it the rushing storm water or the public’s disconnection from nature that resulted in the trash, plastic bottles, toy football, cell phone, grocery cart, vacuum cleaner, and lawn flamingo found in the creek downstream from this cracked-glass Cairn?