After 5 work days the 420 Nature Path is now complete. It all started with 4 work days of pulling approx. 60 cubic yards of overgrowth, invasive plants and debrisso we could clearly see where to put the path. The debris included broken picnic tables, clothes, bedding, bottles, cans and every imaginable household item that was at one point fashioned into a crack pipe. The big work day was on March 18. Two hundred and forty landscape timbers were laid down to define the path. They were each secured with four hundred and eighty pieces of rebar and the path was covered with forty cubic yards of mulch. In addition, ten cubic yards of compost for the native plant garden was used at the head of the path.
This is like found in- town real-estate. One of the more practical reasons for the path is to cut down on activity that went unnoticed for many years. If we have more visibility and traffic, ne’er-do-wells will need to find another place to congregate. Please be advised that nature paths tend to be secluded. Please exercise caution when walking the path and it would still be a good idea to avoid it all together at night. Although, believe it or not there is a working street light down there. Who knew?
The path was made possible by proceeds generated from the 420 Festival arm band sales. There was money left over for EcoAddendum to plant a native plant bed at the head of the trail. It was really cool to see the park visitors start using the path before it was completed, as if it had been there for decades!
There is still work to be done. We would like to see all invasive plants removed and replaced by native plants to Georgia. This is going to take more work days and plant sales to make this happen. (See EcoAddendum’s article in this issue.)
All told, the project thus far has taken 4 workdays totaling 116 volunteers who have given 436 hours of service. Thanks to Kosher crew from Padea, Clifton Men, Westminster High school.GSU Beta Alpha Psi, EcoAddendum, Park Pride, Friends of Candler Park and most of all Sweetwater for supplying funds and volunteer hours.