Park Improvements

February 16, 2018

Our driveway improvements began on February 15. The Nature Center is open during driveway construction, but visitors will need to use the temporary access road at 5321 Roberts Drive (the old baseball field entry).

We will be pouring concrete for the foundation and footings of the North Woods Pavilion on Monday, February 19 (weather permitting).

Thanks for your patience as we improve your park.

February 9, 2018

Construction on the new Austin Elementary school continues as DCSS prepares the site for the build. As part of their build out, construction work on the Nature Center driveway will most likely occur next week, unless there is not a dry day to begin. Once this occurs, the main driveway to the Nature Center will be closed and all cars will have to come in through the former baseball field entry and drive across on a temporary road to the Nature Center. As soon as this occurs, we will let you know.

 

Current Nature Center Driveway entrance (2/9/18)

Temporary road leading to the Nature Center

 

With construction on our driveway getting ready to begin, some of the current trail access is blocked. To get to the Nature Center education building, the meadow, and back trails, it is probably easiest to park in our main lot in front of the education building and begin your explorations from there.

Lastly, the site work for the North Woods Pavilion is complete and the next step in the process is to pour the concrete foundation. This will occur as soon as we have a dry span of days. The site will be beautiful once the building is put into place, with many hardwoods, pine, American holly, and beech trees surrounding the building as it overlooks the meadow and Wildcat Creek. While they were readying the site for construction, the contractor was able to harvest a half dozen large boulders from the area that have been set aside to help landscape the site after construction.

February 2, 2018

If you’ve been by the Nature Center in the past week or two, you’ll have noticed that the construction of the new Austin Elementary School on the former baseball field property is well underway. We are excited about the future of this partnership, but realize that it’s going to take a little bit of time to get through the present. As part of that build out, construction work on the main driveway to the Nature Center will begin next week and visitors will need to access the Nature Center through a temporary road; however, both the Nature Center and the park will remain open during this process. Work on the driveway should take about a month.

 

We have also begun site work on our much anticipated North Woods Pavilion – an 1,800 s.f. facility tucked away in the northeast corner of the park that will serve as a home base for field trips, camps, and as a place in our community for your special events. We anticipate this building to be complete in May.

 

We intend to provide as many updates as possible for these project via our website and this newsletter each month. If you have any questions, please contact Alan Mothner at alan@dunwoodynature.org or 770-394-3322.