October 1, 2021, Jacksonville, Florida – Duval Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a workday to begin green infrastructure improvements at Regeneration Park this Saturday, October 2 at 9am. Volunteers are needed to plant the bioswale, move mulch and clean up trash at the site.
The Regeneration Park Community Stewardship Project, made possible by grant awards from the National Association of Conservation Districts and the Jacksonville Environmental Protection Board, is creating a safe space on the west side of Jacksonville’s Urban Core to demonstrate urban agriculture, cultivate environmental stewardship and empower residents to build with nature for social, economic, and environmental health.
The Duval Soil and Water Conservation District has been working with the City of Jacksonville’s Parks and Recreation department and environmental organizations including Groundwork Jacksonville and St. Johns Riverkeeper to develop an appropriate plan for the site which is located near the Sugar Hill Mosaic along the S-Line link of the Emerald Trail. This summer they held an educational workshop to prepare for the installation and to engage with citizens on the importance of green infrastructure to build a more resilient Jacksonville.
“Green infrastructure like bioswales is essential in managing water, especially in urban areas,” said project coordinator Alison O’Donoughue. “We're looking forward to installing aquatic and water-tolerant plant species that will aid in the capture and treatment of stormwater runoff.”
Expected to participate in this community stewardship effort are local families, students from Stanton College Preparatory School, and even the cub scouts from Webelos den of Pack 132. A free breakfast will be provided. Parking is available along Moncrief Rd. at West 13th St. or at the nearby Christ Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church. Learn more on Facebook @RegenerationPark or visit duvalsoilandwater.com.
About Duval Soil and Water Conservation District
For 68 years, under the authority created by the Soil Conservation Act passed by the Florida Legislature in 1937, Duval Soil and Water Conservation District has promoted responsible management and conservation of natural resources by delivering conservation technology and education to local landowners and users and promoting the wise use of land and best management practices that will conserve, improve and sustain the natural resources of Duval County.
Contact Alison O’Donoughue, Coordinator at 352-215-0307 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know you're coming! Register here: Bioswale Planting at Regeneration Park