Fitness Trail Update
In front of West Middle School, a section of the trail was excavated to construct two retaining walls in addition to installing a corrugated pipe to assist with drainage. This project is currently underway and will be completed soon. Our goal is to decrease water runoff and erosion of the Fitness Trail. This section is marked with caution tape as well as materials and equipment around the site. While using the trail, please keep away from the construction area for your safety.
A third retaining wall is scheduled for the last week of August. The temporary stone wall in front of Green Valley Elementary along the Fitness Trail will be replaced. In addition, the hill section from the top to the bottom will also receive improvements to assist with water runoff and Erosion. We are working closely with an engineering firm to provide recommendations for improvements.
The Fitness Trail hill along side of Green Valley Road by the tennis courts have received a much needed improvement. Due to a series of rain events/storms, the trail stone eroded down the hill and on to the sidewalk/street. This was due to the amount of rain fall in a short amount of time as well as the flow of water on the surface that led to erosion. Two rain gardens have been designed/constructed with consultative services from Berks County Conservation District and The Partnership for the Delaware Estuary.
The purpose for the rain gardens was to capture most, if not all of the rain water from the field at the top of the trail and then channel that water down to the second rain garden. Placement is key when deciding on a rain garden. Our placement for these rain gardens will help reduce water runoff and erosion of the Fitness Trail. Another ancillary effect and fact is they create excellent habitat for wildlife and insects.
Construction included excavating approximately 18-24 inches deep for each rain garden and a combined 600 square feet for both. We had soil brought in from Ridgewood Soil. The soil composition consisted of 25% soil, 50% compost and 25% sand. It is important to note the soil composition formula helps with rain water draining faster into the soil. Compacted soil does not absorb water as quickly or efficiently as blended soils as noted above. There are two tarps on top of each garden to assist with minimizing seed germination from surrounding vegetation. This Fall, students will assist with planting these two areas with a variety of native plants and shrubs.
Funding sources are: Grant from PA American Water, Vending Machine Fundraiser and a partial block donation from our Wilson Operation Department. If you have any questions, feedback or would like to volunteer, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our community sponsors for your assistance in making this project possible!