NOVEMBER 2018 NEWS
Exciting news for Henderson Park’s Native Plant and Wildlife Walk! The DeKalb Master Gardeners who tend this special area applied to the Atlanta Audubon Society for a $10,000 grant and AAS said YES. Their goal is for NPWW to become the central spot in our community to learn about our native birds and how to support them. AAS will fund consultation by their invasive plant specialist who will work with us for one year to remove the many invasive plant species in the project area. Then Master Gardeners will plant bird friendly plants in those areas. AAS will also offer community programming throughout the year.
The PLAYGROUNDS are coming. Stop by the community garden parking lot to see progress on a new playground, and look for a completely new playground near Lake Erin, coming soon.
Volunteers continue to improve the hiking trails – they will install a new batch of trail markers November 3rd.
Major improvements to the red trail will begin in 2019.
JULY 2018 NEWS
PLAYGROUND AND RESTROOM, HENDERSON ROAD SIDE
Weather, change-orders and luck will affect progress but the contractor, Ed Castro Landscape, hopes to complete the project by year-end. Walk the trails to observe the changes, and plan to enjoy both new park features soon.
The playground construction has started. The first phase of the construction order of operation, erosion control and demolition, is 100% complete. Grading and drainage will begin in the coming weeks. Once that phase is complete, the playground work will begin.
Our contractor is working with the county to revise the drawing. The goal is to complete the project by
the end of the year.
Friends of Henderson Park and the DeKalb County Parks department are now finalizing the contract to
build needed bridges for the Red Trail. To complete the project we will have at least one volunteer day,
maybe two, before the holidays.
One more piece remains, and this one is complete. DeKalb County Parks Department is finalizing the contract to build stairs on a steep section of the trail.
NATIVE PLANT AND WILDLIFE WALK
DeKalb Master Gardeners have completed a planting plan for this area, including a major entryway from the lower parking lot. The MG’s are now seeking funding to begin the work. Friends and neighbors are most welcome at workdays the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
PARK PRIDE, CITY COUNCIL AND MANY VOLUNTEERS CELEBRATE THE TRAILS IMPROVEMENT GRANT AT HENDERSON PARK
Park Pride celebrated the dedication of the newly redesigned White Trail and Celebration of Earth Day at Henderson Park!
This project was completed with the support of County Commissioner Nancy Jester, a Park Pride Community Building Grant supported by The Home Depot Foundation, and the hard work of volunteers!
We're so proud to be a part of this great project with a great community!
CITY OF TUCKER CELEBRATES, TOO!
HERE’S A VIDEO OF MAYOR AUMAN’S REMARKS AT THE WHITE TRAIL RIBBON-CUTTING:
CARA SCHROEDER HONORED FOR HER SERVICE TO HENDERSON PARK:
At the Parks and the Resilient City conference hosted by Park Pride, our own Cara Schroeder received an Inspiration Award for her volunteer efforts with the Friends of Henderson Park and Tucker Parks. We are so proud and grateful!
Cara’s response – “It has been very rewarding to implement the trail project and to keep watch over the park. The City of Tucker community is full of great like minded volunteers who have allowed me to lead and supported many projects.“
Here are a few pictures from the conference...
Upcoming Fall 2017 Workdays:
- Red Trail Development Workday: Date & Time TBD
- Native Plant and Wildlife Walk Workdays: Starting around 9:30-10 AM depending on weather/temperature
- Tuesday, October 24th
- Tuesday, November 21st
- Saturday, December 9th
- Saturday, January 13th
- Tuesday, February 27th
Trail Project News:
JOC Construction has been making progress on the new bridges being constructed over the main creek crossings you encounter on the White Trail. At the main creek crossing at the upper end of Lake Erin, a permanent bridge is under construction and stairs have been added to get hikers up the hill from the creek to continue along the White trail towards the dam. No more traversing the tree root "stairs". This bridge isn't completed yet, so please be careful when crossing the creek as handrails have not yet been installed. Also the bridge at the White/Red Trail intersection and the small creek crossing near the playground are essentially finished, but please be careful on these new additions as we all get used to more traditional ways of getting around Henderson Park.
Thanks to the help of some great volunteers that came out to our White Trail workday on Sept. 23rd, the Friends of Henderson Park group is happy to announce that we have finished relocating the white trail as it winds around the southern side of Lake Erin. Please hike up the wooden steps to the new trail as you hike away from the lake and dam. The old trail is now CLOSED so that mother nature can revegetate and heal this part of the hill side. The brush that was cleared from the new trail was placed along the old trail section to "close" it and prevent further erosion and degradation to the park. We ask that you leave the brush in place and please use the new trail!
These important updates are being made to the park thanks to a generous grant from The Home Depot Foundation through Park Pride and generous park bond monies matched from DeKalb County District 1 Commissioner Jester.