On the outskirts of Atlanta, residents of Decatur have come together for a tree planting ceremony on February 8 to revitalize the section of neglected land between Delano and Line Drive. By planting new trees and removing shrubs and invasive plants, members of the White Oak Hills Neighborhood Association hope to find a diamond in the rough to restore their community.
The restoration project, headed by the DeKalb County Natural Resources Management Office and Five Star Partners, has been in motion since 2008. Plans to create a new park near Memorial Drive, aptly named Delano Line Park, demonstrate Dekalb County’s commitment to sustainability. Not only that, but it stands to educate local residents about the importance of maintaining healthy habitats and watersheds for native plants and animals. Currently, the wooded area is used to dump car parts and other waste, which has prompted the site restoration.
Though the tree planting is only part of the restoration
efforts, there is much more work to be done to make the area into a respectable
park and thriving ecosystem. Volunteers from local schools, non-profit
organizations and businesses have graciously given more than 500 hours of time
to the project, which includes:
- Removing Invasive and Exotic Plants along the
- Removing debris and trash equaling over seven
tons from headwaters
- Clearing land for trails and public gathering
- Planting trees and other native plants
- Protecting sanitary sewer line that runs through
The project not only encourages the community to get involved in restoring the neglected area, it promotes environmental education. Six schools in the district have participated in various ways, which allows students to directly impact their community and make Decatur a better place to live.
Five Star Partners
Delano Line Park would only be a vision, a blueprint on someone’s desk, if it weren’t for the joint efforts of several Associations. The Five Star Partners include the White Oak Hills Neighborhood Association, the Academe of the Oaks, and Watershed Management. With funding from Southern Company as well as grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, more than 1,200 linear feet of stream and riparian zone habitat has been restored as of this month. And that’s only one example of the successful results thus far. Of course, the project encourages participation from anyone willing to give time and effort to the cause.
Other plans on the agenda include:
- Creating a community garden
- Leveling land to develop a playground area
- Building pavilions and other shelters for public
- Improve footpaths and enhance streetscape at
- Enhance views to Shoal Creek with pedestrian overlooks and benches
It’s unknown how long it will take to make Delano Line Park a reality. But with neighborhood involvement and participation, help from new partners, and a constant eye on the goal, the project will reach completion. Working with Decatur area tree service
professionals who provide shrub removal, debris hauling and tree planting will greatly improve the natural ecosystem and make Delano Line Park an inviting retreat for local residents.
Photo credits go to photostock and Evgeni Dinev.