Join us at Bongo Java on April 6th at 8:30am for a Lockeland Springs beautification day. We’ll walk together toward both Lockeland Springs Park and Bass Park picking up trash along the way. Once at the parks, we’ll find out what projects are planned for 2013 and how to get more involved.
- Meet with your neighbors
- Clean up alleys and streets
- Learn about our park projects
- Feel good by giving back!
Things are looking both more beautiful and more interesting down in the Lockeland Springs Park all the time. Many springs and clear, meandering streams are flowing profusely through the valley now. You’re going to be amazed to see how far the work has come, and what a gem this is becoming for the neighborhood!
Recent Lockeland Springs Park Initiatives
Courtesy of Jim Polk, LSNA Board Member and Parks Volunteer
Things are moving quickly at the Park: Here’s part of what has been accomplished since mid- February:
- Twenty five trees (persimmon, pecan, chestnut and willow oak) were received from landscaper Michelle Carratu for the Park.
- Joel Daunic cut and stacked many large honeysuckle and privet bushes from the valley floor, and has begun work to remove dirt and rock piles from the old roadway.
- Rebecca Ratz, Bo Parr, Joel Daunic and I met with Reggie Reeves (TN Division of Forestry) to discuss process to receive trees from his Urban Riparian Buffer Program.
- Mr. Reeves advised us on how to proceed with removal of invasive plants and prepare for planting nut, fruit and other trees available through a Dept. of Agriculture grant.
- Chris Vanags and his VU student team have identified about a dozen active, flowing springs around the valley!
- Michael Gaines, Scherly Gomez (VU/ East), Pat Gray, Bo Parr, Rebecca Ratz, Chris Vanags and I met and planned zones and sequences for invasive removal, etc..
- Sheriff’s Department workers hauled much brush from previous cleanup efforts up to the street level,
- Councilman Pete Westerholm, Sebastian Faust, Michael Gaines and I planted the twenty five trees received from Michelle Carratu on March 2;
- Rebecca Ratz.had a large load of mulch delivered by Parks to the 19th entrance to be spread (for erosion prevention) down the path to the valley bottom,
- Michael Gaines leveled/ smoothed a very large muddy patch on the path at the bottom of the slope, then hauled and spread mulch over the muddy area:
- Chris Vanag’s student teams worked two afternoons this past week, 1) spreading mulch down the 19th street trail from street level to valley bottom , 2) improving the trail from Woodland down to the spring house, and 3) removing invasive plants from a large area of the valley floor..
- Rebecca Ratz contacted a Metro Parks crew, which picked up more of the brush since Dr. Vanag’s workers came out.