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Talking Water Gardens

What makes Talking Water Gardens unique?  The wetland was constructed on a 50-acre site of a former lumber mill and hosts roaring waterfalls, meandering streams, and quiet views, all connected by a network of trails.  Specifically designed features encourage the public to walk the two miles of trails, discover overlooks, and view birds and other wildlife.  New trails at the Gardens tie into the existing Waverly Lake and Simpson Park trail system.  Educational signage will inform visitors about the Gardens and their many benefits including the plants and wildlife that find a home in this new ecosystem.


The constructed wetland was created by the Cities of Albany and Millersburg and metals manufacturer ATI Wah Chang in the first public/private engineering project of its kind.  It provides a final step of natural treatment for the treated wastewater flow from the cities and industry.

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