Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s Adopt-a-Program Joined by Caring Citizens to Beautify Diamond Springs Park

Thursday, July 16, 2015


(Virginia Beach, VA) – Teamwork makes the dream work! The Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Adopt-a-Program hopes to bring caring community groups together to assist with the maintenance and beautification of our city’s parks and natural areas. One such partnership emerged recently as the Diamond Springs Gardenwood Park Garden Club (DSGP Garden Club) approached the Landscape Management division about adopting a no-mow section of Diamond Springs Park off of King William Road. The four-phase project that began in early July will enhance this managed meadow into a native wildflower area that will attract birds, pollinators, and butterflies.

DSGP Garden Club has been working closely with the Landscape Management division to plan and organize the various stages of the project. The first phase took place on July 5 with the help of eight volunteers. Using approximately 30 bags of mulch material such as grass clippings and pine needles donated by neighbors, newspapers, and cardboard, the volunteers employed a “lasagna gardening” technique known as the “Smother Method” to treat the poison ivy that is currently thriving there and create compost for the native wildflowers that will be planted next spring.

 

Mulching will continue this Saturday, July 18, from 6:30 a.m. until noon. More mulch is needed, so the garden club is asking for donated bags of lawn clippings to be dropped off curbside at 1945 King William Road.

 

The next phase of the process will be planning the design and determining which native plants would work best for the area. The club wants to create a mix of native grasses and wildflowers that are designed specifically for this part of Virginia to ensure that they thrive. Throughout the fall and winter, club members will keep the area free of litter and weed out undesirable plants to prepare for the seed planting in the spring.

 

If you are a member of a group that would like to get involved and help with area clean-up, litter removal, weeding, and other beautification projects, visit the Adopt-a-Program section of our website or email cleanparks@vbgov.com.

 

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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation’s vision is a balanced, sustainable and value-focused system of parks, recreation and public spaces that creates a sense of community. We are accredited by CAPRA, the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association. For more information, call (757) 385-1100 (TTY: 757-711 Virginia Relay), visit VBgov.com/parks or sign up for our email newsletters at VBgov.com/eNews. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/VBParksRec.

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