Signs posted to preserve park’s plants
by David Lazenby
Oct 29, 2011 | 1543 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo by: David Lazenby
Photo by: David Lazenby
Jasper officials hope what Gamble Park patrons read might preserve the park’s reeds.

The city last month posted signs asking those who use the park located adjacent to Gamble Avenue to stay out of the new wetland area created as part of a stream restoration project.

Reeds and other vegetation was planted in the area as part of the project aimed at creating new area wetlands.

Joe Matthews, Jasper’s director of Public Works, said the new plants will help develop the wetland area’s ecosystem.

“By putting in the vegetation it helps with the wildlife — butterflies, little fish in the stream and all that,” said Matthews, who added the signs were put up because some children playing at the park were damaging some of the plants.

“It was really to protect the plantings and let them mature,” Matthews said.

The Gamble Park stream restoration project fulfilled a requirement created when an area of local wetlands was eliminated during the construction of a 1.5 mile commercial access road to the Jasper Industrial Park that will run from Industrial Boulevard to Whitehouse Road.

Matthews said the project saved the city money because the alternative to creating the new wetlands area was to pay about $400,000 to purchase wetland area credits to ensure wetlands were created elsewhere.

Jasper City Councilors on Nov. 2 unanimously approved a $217,554 bid to make the stream improvements by Forrestry Environmental Services, Inc. During the Nov. 2 Council meeting, Matthews reminded city officials the work at Gamble Park would be paid for by a $2.5 million grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation and a $760,000 grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.