Hamburg EAST Instrumental in Opening of Park


Hamburg EAST Instrumental in Opening of Park
8/15/2013 4:59:14 PM

Students team up with Plum Creek, county and city personnel to develop Levi Wilcoxon Roadside park.

Two years of work on the part of Hamburg High School EAST, Plum Creek Timber, and city and county personnel culminated on Earth Day (April 22, 2010). Plum Creek Timber hosted a cookout for the day as a thank you to HHS EAST and community members in appreciation of all their work on the Levi Wilcoxon Roadside Park at the corner of Highways 82 and 425 south of Hamburg. Attending were Representatives Eddie Cheatham, Jimmy Jeffress, Mrs. Jeffress, County Judge Emory Austin and representatives from Plum Creek Timber.

The roadside park was named after Levi Wilcoxon, one of Crossett Company’s original logging superintendents, who is credited with hiring the company’s first professional foresters and developing a fire suppression program. At the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, Hamburg High School EAST contacted Plum Creek to see if they would be willing to allow students to work on the park and found that it had been a dream of Plum Creek to make developments here for quite some time.            

In two years Hamburg EAST, Plum Creek, Ashley County and City of Hamburg personnel have accomplished the following tasks:

·      initial site inventory and plan development

·      partnering with County Judge’s office

·      litter cleanup

·      brush removal

·      land clearing and leveling

·      removal of concrete posts

·      closing off circle drive and mapping of old trails

·      repairing loop fence

·      establishing parking barrier

·      putting up signs

·      installing concrete pads and picnic tables

·      landscaping


Submitted by Jenna Wooten and Karlie Allen




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