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Student project looks to revitalize city park

out eaststreetAn effort to breathe new life into a neglected Waynesville park will be the focus of the next Trout Unlimited Cataloochee meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Waynesville Inn. 


Katie Carr Messer, a low-impact development student at Haywood Community College, has come up with a plan for a city park as part of a program requirement. She, along with former Brevard College lab instructor Ralphene Rathbone, will present a plan to enhance aesthetics at East Street Park, located on the corner of East and Howell streets, while improving ecological performance. The presentation will include an outline of manpower needs and a call for volunteers. 

The plan includes features such as playground equipment, a rain garden, a wetland or butterfly garden, an interpretive nature trail, restrooms and signage. Removing exotic species, stabilizing the stream bank and improving the vegetative buffer along the stream would also be part of the effort. 

Donations for the project can be sent to P.O. Box 389, Waynesville, N.C. 28786. Checks should be made out to Haywood Waterways Association with a note in the memo line earmarking the donation for the East Street park project. 

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