The Wildflower Garden’s sculpted layout is inspired by the gentle waves and steady current of the Detroit River. The restorative landscaping with an emphasis on native plants and wildflowers was designed to be self-sustaining and also created to provide an enhanced fish habitat.

The historic 1914 Pump House is located in the Detroit River at Langlois Avenue and Riverside Drive in Windsor and was officially known as the Offshore Water Intake Building. It was originally designed by the architectural firm of Smith, Hinchman and Grylls as part of the municipal water works system in 1914. Windsor experienced a major fire in 1871 which destroyed three blocks of downtown Windsor and resulted in a new municipal water system with the later addition of the 1914 Pump house.

Named the Dawn Beacon, this historic pumphouse powers the irrigation system for the park and is a location for interpretive signs explaining the heritage and environmental significance of the area.

The park was named after Joan and Cliff Hatch, noted philanthropists. It is located in one of the historically significant areas along the Detroit River which was the original home to the Ottawa First Nation. It was abandoned by the Ottawas around 1730.

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Length: 1 km
Difficulty: Moderate (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Boardwalks, Compacted soil/hard packed, and Natural
Trail use: Hiking
Accessibility Notes: Accessibility not known.
Fees: None reported

Flora & Fauna:

Not yet reported.

Amenities: None reported

Attractions: Boardwalk, interpretive signage

Parks and Recreation 2450 McDougall Street Windsor, Ontario Canada  N8X 3N6 Telephone: (519) 253-2300

Find it: Riverside Dr E, Windsor, ON between Langlois and Moy

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 42.3231690
Longitude: -83.0252250