The Woodlawn Davis Nature Center at the corner of Anderson Road and West Oxford Loop will be hosting a Ribbon Cutting Event on Saturday, November 12, 2016 to kick-off the completion of the first phase. There will be activities throughout the afternoon including a bird watching tour, wonder walk and a kids fun run. In addition to these activities, there will be food trucks and music. People are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets to stay for a possible meteor shower after dark. The event will begin with a welcome by Mayor Pat Patterson at 3:00pm followed by an introduction of the new advisory board of the Woodlawn Davis Nature Center. Mike Muraco, Director of Strawberry Plains Audubon Center in Holly Spring will be on hand to discuss their level of involvement in educational programming and partnership with the Woodlawn Davis Nature Center.
The goal of the Woodlawn Davis Nature Center is to create a public park with educational programming which exhibits a series of biologically enriched native habitats; highlighting plant and animal species indigenous to this area focusing on conservation and sustainability. Additionally, these native environments will also provide an opportunity to serve as a venue for cultural and artistic events to unite and foster a strong sense of community. Proposed park features will include: wildflower and meadowlands, a butterfly garden, native foodscape garden (which may contain native fruit trees and other edibles), an Amphitheater and Pavilion. The Park will also include an interconnected pathway system for easy navigation and physical exercise that will overlook Goose Creek.
Planned and Proposed Park Features:
Woodland – Area with a variety of vegetation to include: native hardwood and understory species.
Bog/Vernal Pool – Area for native wetland vegetation, a raised boardwalk will carry the visitor through this room occurring in the low lying portion of the site (northeast). Ideally the property would be graded to allow for the majority of runoff to be conveyed to this area.
Wildflower and Meadowlands – Open, sunny area for native grasses and wildflowers. A seasonally mowed path would transition the visitor from this area to the next.
Transition areas – may contain orchards of native fruit trees, edibles such as Mayhaw and Persimmon, Scuppernong/Muscadine arbors.
Amphitheater – gathering place for creative expression, host speakers, musicians and the performing arts.
Pavilion – Covered outdoor are to hold classes, conduct meetings and lectures, host speakers; etc.
Entry at Anderson Road - Pedestrian entrance and butterfly garden
Interconnected pathway system for easy navigation and physical exercise
Overlook to Goose Creek
Medicinal Garden - area to highlight native plant material used for medicinal purposes
Possible labyrinth garden and pocket areas for contemplation and meditation