August 2, 2008
Landscape Honored at Flat Branch Park
The Midwestern chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture recently awarded the city of Columbia and its Parks and Recreation Department the 2008 Gold Leaf Award for the city's landscaping and tree-planting project at Flat Branch Park downtown.
According to a city news release, the society chose Flat Branch Park for the award because of its focus on "environmental issues such as storm-water runoff, water quality and stream-way protection while at the same time beautifying an urban area using native plants."
The second phase of the Flat Branch Park improvements was completed and dedicated in May, and included the efforts of staff and citizen volunteers to plant 90 trees and more than 2,500 shrubs, grasses and perennial plants in the park's landscaped beds, rain garden and riparian areas.
Improvements to the park, between Fourth Street and Flat Branch creek, from Locust to Cherry streets, cost about $1.1 million and were paid for primarily with a combination of city sales tax for parks, grants and donations.
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