With the help and direction of Alan Shey, Chesterfield County Environmental Engineering, three of us dug into the demonstration rain garden at the Heritage Center, weeding, cleaning and mulching. The garden catches, filters and infiltrates run-off from the parking lots, while providing a focal point for attractive native wildflowers. Alan expects to do a little more work on it over the winter, but for now it is ready for its annual winter rest. The Landscape Gardening in the Park volunteers will be monitoring it to keep ahead of those pesky "winter annual weeds" that are always ready to take advantage of an idle garden. --Ben
Our beautiful Swift Creek Lake, unfortunately, suffers from the downstream effects of common environmental pollutants. One of those pollutants is ordinary litter, brought down Swift Creek in runoff from the many streets, roads and suburbs in the upstream watershed. In observance of Earth Day, Pocahontas State Park and FoPSP hosted a lake cleanup, in which volunteers used the park's kayaks and canoes to go out in search of water-borne litter. The day started out cool but the weather was beautiful and the wildlife observations were bountiful. It was a fun event, good exercise in fresh air, and rewarding to cleanse the lake of at least a portion of the unsightly floating litter.
Our 2013 Park After Dark celebration was a roaring success!
650 visitors enjoyed hayrides and pumpkins and face painting and campfire tales and cool night time animals and crafts and great food and sooo much more! This is more than double last year's visitor total.
Thank you to all of the park staff and volunteers that made this such a success and a special thank you to Event Plannner extraordinaire, Jeanie Meikle, and Park Volunteer Coordinator, Andrea Hasenfus who moved Heaven and Earth to make the night a success!!