Supporters of the Dunwoody Nature Center gathered at a ground breaking ceremony for the center’s meadow restoration project on Aug. 20.

The Dunwoody Nature Center kicked off a project to restore its meadow on Aug. 20.

The meadow at the center of the Nature Center, which is often used for events and concerts, has been damaged by runoff and erosion over the years.

The  Nature Center will regrade the meadow and build a tiered rain garden to collect storm water.

The idea is that rain will be redirected to retention areas, where native plants, loam, and river rock will absorb some of the water before passing any remnants onto other rain garden areas, according to a Dunwoody Nature Center press release.

“This solution prevents the overspill of water through the area and provides a natural way for contaminants in the water to be cleansed before passing into Wildcat Creek,” said Dunwoody Nature Center’s Executive Director Alan Mothner in a news release. “ Helping to restore this vital area of the park will enhance the overall experience for all of the Nature Center’s visitors and demonstrate best practices with land management issues.”