Purcell Park Stream Restoration Continues…

Thanh -- June 11th, 2009

In January 2009, I wrote on hburgnews about the start of the construction phase of the Purcell Park Stream Restoration Project. The restoration project’s construction finished in April and its time to watch the stream banks and riparian buffers flourish. If you haven’t been out to Purcell Park in a while, you should go look and be amazed at all the work that has been done. Here’s a picture of the park taken in April – each of those green tubes has a tree in it – and today the park is even greener and more beautiful.

Recently, the project has been featured in the Virginia Municipal League’s Town & City Magazine, May 2009 and in James Madison University’s Madison Magazine, Summer 2009 (begins page 38). The restoration project is actually the featured story in VML’s Town & City Magazine, and there is also a story about the Doodie-Free Harrisonburg campaign.

5 Responses to “Purcell Park Stream Restoration Continues…”

  1. Jeremy Aldrich says:

    Nice articles. Congratulations!

  2. Karl says:

    I’m sure the rain has had a lot to do with it, but there seems to be increased stream flow at Purcell and not just in the main waterway. It looks great, but they need to crown the new sections of the walking trail…too much standing water.

  3. Justin C says:

    I stopped by Purcell last weekend to take a look at the progress. It is absolutely amazing! I have always loved jogging at Purcell but the recent improvements have made it even more enjoyable.

    I was wondering though what kind of trees were planted. There were more than I expected and they are very close together. What did the planners envision the park looking like 5, 10, 15 years down the road?

  4. John Eckman says:

    Check Thanh’s cleanstream.org site for some artist’s renderings of the project as it grows in.
    Also put up some photos taken during last week’s really high water at http://www.flickr.com/photos/39387339@N04/show/

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