Van de Graaff Park Will Be Home To New Eco Trail
Tuscaloosa will soon be home to it's very own Eco trail in a very popular park.
The Tuscaloosa County Park & Recreation Authority recently announced the grand opening of an Eco Trail to be housed at Van de Graaff Arboretum and Historic Bridge Park.
“An Eco Trail brings environmental awareness by showcasing the unique aspects of your surroundings,” said Adrian Cleckler-Collins, PARA’s Director of Park Operations and Rotary club member in a press release sent to Townsquare Media.
“Eco” refers to the park’s unique 141-acre wetland ecosystem which combines aspects of land and water to create a distinctive habitat where certain plant and animal species are protected and can flourish,” she said.
A brief ceremony will be held on April 4 at noon in the park located at 3231 Robert Cardinal Airport, Rd., Northport. The event is free and open to the public.
VDG Park’s Eco Trail represents a collaboration between PARA, the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa Morning, the University of Alabama’s (UA) Department of Art & Art History, and the Department of Biological Sciences. The collaboration adds four custom installations which include trail signage with informational placards on metal sculpture stands, entrance signage, and a pedestrian bridge.
Rotary Club President Bill Petty, stated, “Each year the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa Morning is able to match funds from our Rotary district to do projects in our local area. We chose PARA to assist them in updating the trail that was built and it was renamed the Eco Trail sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa Morning. The club hopes that this trail will enhance visitors’ understanding of what Mother Nature shows them throughout the trail for years to come.”
New installations will concentrate on birds, reptiles, insects, and fungi. The stands with bronze relief sculptures were designed and constructed by Wedderspoon and students in the UA Department of Art & Art History.
The informational placard descriptions installed on the stands were researched and written by staff of the UA Department of Biological Sciences. PARA Park Operations managed the project’s construction and installation.
PARA welcomes visitors to VDG Park 6 a.m. to dusk, daily. More information about the park can be found by visiting Tcpara.org/p/van-de-graaff-arboretum.