Community Parks Day 2017
Volunteers Needed for Community Parks Day at Bowie Nature Park
Join in the holiday spirit of giving and come out to Fairview’s Community Parks Day on December 2nd. Individuals, scout groups, corporate groups, families, High School clubs, etc. are all invited to volunteer at the 4th Annual Community Parks Day. This year it will be held at Bowie Nature Park and include helping to clear the drainage ditches and eradicate non-native invasive plant species on the Loblolly Loop Trail. The volunteer event will be from 9am-11am and food will be provided afterward. The event doesn’t end there. In the spirit of Community Parks Day, we are inviting the whole community, even if you aren’t able to volunteer, to bring the family and join us from 11am-1pm for Naturalist led hikes to learn about the history of the park, how Dr. Bowie constructed the lakes, and what our wonderful volunteers are doing now to help us maintain the trails.
Bowie Nature Park was deeded to the City of Fairview in December 1988 by Dr. Evangeline Bowie. In 2014 in honor of her gift, The City of Fairview proclaimed the first Saturday in December as Community Parks Day, a day of volunteerism in the parks in Fairview.
The trail we will be working on is one of the most used and loved trails in the park. Years of heavy usage by park goers and slow erosion has filled in many drainage areas on this popular trail and created low spots that hold water. When water is unable to run off the trail, water collects and stays longer which makes for a difficult path to hike. The trails end up being closed to horseback and mountain bike riders for large periods of time since they cannot drain and dry properly. We hope to fix some of these issues so that everyone can enjoy our trails more often.
Invasive species are non-native species that cause ecological and or economic harm. They are widely recognized as a costly and leading threat to healthy ecosystems. They out-compete native species for the same resources, eventually harming trees, wildlife, and water quality. Invasive plants have taken a firm foothold in many parts of the state and everyone’s help is needed to reclaim our natural areas like Bowie Nature Park.
“We will be concentrating on clearing the drainage ditches of Privet, Vine Honeysuckle, Japanese Stilt Grass, and excess sediment at this year’s Community Parks Day,” stated Nancy Jackson, Program Director at Bowie Nature Park. “Volunteers will help by uprooting, cutting and removing the vegetation. No experience is necessary to volunteer. All are welcome.”
It is recommended that volunteers wear shoes appropriate for rough terrain, bring work gloves, dress for the weather, and bring a water bottle. Volunteers that have their own tools such as shovels, pruning shears, loppers, hand saws (NO Chain Saws), grubbing hoes, rakes and so on, are encouraged to bring them, but it is not necessary to volunteer.
On Saturday, December 2nd, volunteers are asked to check in between 8:30 and 9:00am at Shelter #1 in Bowie Nature Park. At check-in, everyone will be divided into crews. The volunteer project will take place from 9:00am-11am. Volunteers are encouraged but not required to stay the entire time. At 12pm a hotdog lunch will be provided for volunteers.
Volunteers should register in advance to ensure adequate quantities of equipment and food. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 615-799-5544 EXT 2.