If you’ve walked through the Lockeland Springs Park lately, you are sure to have noticed the many recent beautification updates.
This past July, fifty Vanderbilt University faculty, high school students and other volunteers took part in a field work day at Lockeland Springs Park and Lockeland Design Center.
Following the lead of Dr. Chris Vanags, Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Science Outreach, the students cleared and mulched a new path in the park from the Woodland street entrance down to the stream bed, removed brush, worked on park interpretation and display ideas, recorded the GIS locations of many trees planted last spring, and in collaboration with Bo Daniel Parr, created new garden beds at Lockeland Design Center.
Jennifer Tlumak, Executive Director of the Urban Green Lab, spoke with the students about sustainable living and provided leadership to teams in removing invasive species. Councilman Peter Westerholm shared thoughts on community service and the future of the park.
Additionally, Antonin Kouldelka, a member of Scout Troop 3, and candidate for the Eagle Award, recently completed a new bridge over the stream that flows through Lockeland Springs Park. Scout Kouldelka led the design, approval and construction processes for this bridge. The new bridge allows access to the masonry platforms, walls and tanks which remain from the historic water bottling operations which began in Lockeland Springs more than one hundred ten years ago.
Many thanks to our community leaders, colleagues and students for this tremendous contribution to our park. We encourage you to take a stroll and see this lovely bit of history in our own backyard.