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Step Construction Day 4 - The End is Near!

Day 4 and we are two steps from completion!  Over 7 hours spent today installing 14 steps.Day 4 and we are two steps from completion! Over 7 hours spent today installing 14 steps.

Day 4 and Mark Seder with Allison & Rodney Pearson started off getting all the lumber cut and drilled at our secret Walland fabrication location.   Then off to the TRWA to start installing steps.  We had planned on getting 12 steps installed but ended up with installing 14!!!  It was a long but fruitful day with only 2 steps to complete the first phase of this project.   Mark and Rodney struggled through a lot of stubborn rocks to set the steps and Allison did a great job of creating water diverters, cleaning up each side of the steps and adding the first layer of fill to each step. 

We are planning on finishing on December 31st! 

If you would like to help offset the costs of materials for building these stairs, you can DONATE HERE!

The construction of the steps on the South end of the Arboretum in chronological order.

The TRWA Is Stepping It Up To End 2021!

Rodney Pearson (left) and Mark Seder, Replacing the Sloped Steps at the South End of the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumRodney Pearson (left) and Mark Seder, Replacing the Sloped Steps at the South End of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

We knew that that the time had come to replace the stairs at the south entrance of the TRWA when the old railroad ties had started to crumble.   The old steps were put in several years ago and were fairly steep with lots of loose gravel.  They worked well but were a bit difficult to navigate.   To transform this entrance we are using 4x6 beams, creating a step that is 4 ft. wide and most significantly making the steps level.   We plan to have a combination of flat areas that are 4 ft. deep integrated with step that are 18 in. deep.   The hope is that this will make it much easier with less of a risk of falling for folks entering and exiting the TRWA.   One side of the steps will have crushed stone for bikes and the like to maneuver.  On river side, of the steps, we plan on putting a rope railing so that there will be a bit of help in climbing and descending the stairs.  

It will be a slow process with lots of digging, leveling and creating the stairs to go with the lay of hill.  Mark started by laying out the first two 4 ft. deep stairs, while Mark & Rodney installed the 3rd step that was 18 in. deep.  There is no where to go but up from here.

The top of the stairs will be finished with a 2 inch layer of crushed river stone. 

The project end date is unknown since we don't know what we may run into, but the stairs will be filled as we proceed so that the entrance is still usable.

The Blount County Master Gardener's have contributed $500 to this project and will require at least another $800 to complete.  To that end if you would like to contribute you can DONATE HERE!

The construction of the steps on the South end of the Arboretum in chronological order.

Tuckaleechee Garden Club 2021 Winter Display at the TRWA

Townsend River Walk & Arboretum 2021 Winter Display

The members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club have transformed the Fall Garden display into a wonderful Winter Garden display.  The display blends into the surrounding scenery beautifully and includes a special lighted feature even though we do not have electricity.  It is a magical especially at dusk.  Stop by while you are at the Townsend Christmas Parade on Sunday the 5th and enjoy the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum as we continue improve and enhance this magical walk along the Little River.

The labor and dedication is donated freely by the Tuckaleechee Garden Club but all the materials need to maintain and enhance the TRWA are not.  To help us with this effort please consider a donation.  All proceeds go to the Townsend River Walk & ArboretumDONATE ONLINE NOW!

Keep Blount Beautiful has Come Through Again for the TRWA!

Planting Group from Keep Blount Beautiful and the Tuckaleechee Garden ClubPlanting Group from Keep Blount Beautiful & the Tuckaleechee Garden Club at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum

Got an email last month from Brittney at Keep Blount Beautiful asking if we would like some free native plants and trees through a program sponsored by Keep Tennessee Beautiful.  It took less than a second to jump at the chance. 

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We selected over $500 of plants and trees provided by Tennessee Wholesale Nursery.  The bare root plants came in looking great and on Tuesday November 2, 2021 a group from the Tuckaleechee Garden Club and Keep Blount Beautiful planted: River Oats, Fern Moss, Fan Clubmoss, Great Blue Lobelia, Red Cardinal Flower, Partridgeberry Plant, and Virginia Bluebell throughout the Townsend River Walk and Arboretum. What a great addition for our 2022 blooming season. The trees (Sassafras and Pawpaw) will be arriving in the next week or so and we will plant those at a later date.

Myself and the Tuckaleechee Garden Club can't thank our community partner, Keep Blount Beautiful, enough for their continued support of the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum and their continued efforts in Townsend Community.  Join them and the Little River Watershed Association for the Little River Run 5K in Townsend on Saturday November 15, 2021.  It is a great event for the Townsend Community.  If you can attend please donate or volunteer your time to Keep Blount Beautiful and the Littler River Watershed Association.

 

Step Construction Day 3 - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place at the TRWA Step Building Day 2The Proverbial "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" at the TRWA Step Building Day 3

The lumber was cut and drilled and we started installation of the TRWA steps on Day 3.   After easily installing the first 5 of 14 steps, the rock that is probably to the center of the earth stood directly in the line of the steps.  What to do? Try to go around it, shorten the step depth to 12 in., or just pack it all in and go home.  Rodney Pearson and Mark Seder discussed the situation, when Rodney got one of the cartoon exclamation points above his head.  He on the perfect solution: make the long flat step we had just finished 3 ft. deep instead of 4 ft.and then make the next set of steps 15 in. deep.  Lo and behold the last step sit perfectly on the rock side and allowed us to move forward over the rock.  This is true engineering as you go.  The goal of this project is to make level steps and go with the contour of the path, making the steps blend in with the surroundings. 

Stop by and check out the work.  We are now hoping to finish the steps next week and then we will work on the rope railing.

If you would like to help offset the costs of materials for building these stairs, you can DONATE HERE!

The construction of the steps on the South end of the Arboretum in chronological order.

Keep Blount Beautiful Making It A Wonderful Christmas At the TRWA!

Brittney Whipple (Executive Director) and Michelle De Franco of Keep Blount Beautiful Planting Sassafras Trees at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.Brittney Whipple (Executive Director) and Michelle De Franco of Keep Blount Beautiful Planting Sassafras Trees
at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum on December 16, 2021.

You just can't ask for any better community partner than Keep Blount Beautiful(KBB).  The remainder of the donated plants, for the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum, which consisted of two Sassafras Trees and four Paw Paw Trees, were delivered to me a couple weeks ago  This was the final part of a larger donation of plants to the TRWA by KBB, which consisted of over $500 worth of plants.  Brittney and Michelle provided the women power to plant these trees while they allowed me to provided the instruction on the planting and where to plant. How much better can it get, donating the trees then planting them while I got to supervise.  The Tuckaleechee Garden Club and myself cannot thank Keep Blount Beautiful enough for their continued support and commitment to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

During this Christmas Season please consider donating to both Keep Blount Beautiful and the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum so that the important work of both organizations can continue for the residents of Blount County, TN.

Keep Blount Beautifil at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

Brittney Whipple (Executive Director) and Michelle De Franco of Keep Blount Beautiful Planting Paw Paw Trees at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

A Terrific TRWA Maintenance Day Thanks To Master Gardeners & Garden Club Members

Tuckaleechee Garden Club Members & Blount County Master Gardeners doing some magic at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.Tuckaleechee Garden Club Members & Blount County Master Gardeners doing some magic at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

There are times when you can't thank people enough for volunteering at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum (TRWA) and Saturday, November 13, 2021 was no exception.   Members of the Tuckaleechee Garden Club and the Blount County Master Gardeners teamed up for the final push to clear the TRWA of large pockets of invasive plants (Bush Honeysuckle, Privet, Euonymus and Mimosa).  It was a huge success with only a couple small patches of invasives remaining.   We used several methods to help to remove invasives which we have developed over the last few years and they seem to be doing the job and making the general maintenance of the TRWA much easier.

I would personally like to thank these volunteers: Martha Frink (TGC), Polly & Mark Holtkamp (BCMG), Crystal Lasky BCMG), Charlotte Miller (TGC, BCMG), Michelle Moyer (BCMG), Rodney & Allison Pearson (TGC),  Theresa & Scott Schehr (TGC), and Mark Seder (TGC, BCMG).

The volunteers were provided a thank you picnic following the event to entice them to come back and join join us again for another event at the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum.

2021 TRWA Fall Display

2021 TRWA Fall Garden Display is Dazzling.  Thanks Tuckaleechee Garden Club and in particular: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson.  A Crowning Achievement for 2021!2021 TRWA Fall Garden Display is Dazzling.
Thanks Tuckaleechee Garden Club and in particular: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson.
A Crowning Achievement for 2021!

 Time to get to the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum to see the 2021 Fall Garden Display.  A beautiful picture spot for family, kids, friends and selfies!

Tuckaleechee Garden Club members: Theresa & Scott Schehr and Allison & Rodney Pearson have put a lot of effort into making this spectacular display. 

A big thanks to them for making the Townsend River Walk & Arboretum one of best destinations on the quiet side of the Smokies.

Take time to help support the TRWA with a small DONATION. A donation of any amount goes a long way to help these volunteers maintain this vital piece of Townsend.

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