Spinner’s Club efforts help restore park

The bamboo on each side of the walking trail - Photo by Marc Parker
The bamboo on each side of the walking trail - Photo by Marc Parker

Prattville – Wilderness Park has been revitalized by city crews who have been hard at work since January at cleaning up the thicket and the dead trees that had fallen over the walking paths. Broken asphalt was removed on the walking trail and replaced by a smaller type of gravel called crush and run.

City workers also created an earthen dam where a small bridge once stood. This revitalization effort was spearheaded by the Spinner’s Club after presenting their case for the park’s improvement at a Prattville City Council meeting in June of 2008.

Located on Upper Kingston Road and dedicated in 1982, this is the first wilderness park developed inside the city limits in the United States. What makes the 26-acre park so unique are the three acres of 60-foot tall bamboo stalks. A Chinese symbol of longevity, bamboo is the fastest growing plant on earth. It has been measured surging upward as fast as 47 ½ inches in a twenty-four hour period.

Along with several hundred varieties of plants, the park also contains one of the state’s largest beech trees. The average height of the beech tree is 50 to 80 feet with a diameter of 1 to 3 feet and can reach ages of 300-400 years. The tree flowers in the spring and the fruit of the tree is the beechnut, which is edible.

Article by Melissa Parker

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