Heritage Park Trail Restoration Project
What’s this got to do with the Georgia Native Plant Society? GNPS decided it would be great to plant rescued Georgia native plants in a common area where they could thrive, where the community could learn about them, and where they could be enjoyed by people and native wildlife alike. So the GNPS entered into an agreement with “Keep Cobb Beautiful” to maintain 25 feet on each side of the Heritage Park Trail for the first two-tenths of a mile.
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, GNPS members meet at the trailhead to check on the progress of “our” small portion of the Park, add new plants, remove unwanted invasive and non-native plants, and to learn more about native plants in a native plant setting. We also bring native plants to trade with fellow volunteers. It is at once satisfying, educational, and beneficial to the Park, its furred and feathered residents, and to all who pass through it. The area contains many native plant species, including magnificent beeches, black walnut trees, umbrella magnolia, box elder, spicebush, red buckeye, mayapple, bloodroot, toothwort, muscadine vines, native cane, and others.
We invite you to enjoy this wonderful resource and to join other GNPS members at the trailhead of Heritage Park each 2nd Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon. Bring your gloves, gardening tools, and any native plants you’d like to donate to the park or trade with other workers. If you can’t come then, we hope you can stop by at some point to experience this enchanting, natural place. Heritage Park is located at 60 Fontaine Road, Mableton, GA. It is at the intersection of Fontaine Road and Nickajack Road in south Cobb County and west of Smyrna. Please park in the parking lot next to the pavillion.
News & Events
The October 14 work day at Heritage Park featured comfortable temperatures but plentiful mosquitoes. In the upper gardens, volunteers weeded the slope and the woods between the Pavilion and the pond. Trash strewn around the parking lot and gardens was removed, and...
The September 9 work day featured beautiful weather as well as three first-time volunteers! There was a lot of sand, trash, and tree litter in our creekside work area from recent flooding, so our group did a cleanup and filled four trash bags (see photo). Some...