Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation (GCPR) in partnership with Gwinnett Technical College Horticulture Department recently completed the installation of an irrigation system for the Chapel at Simpsonwood Park. The Simpsonwood property was acquired in 2014, with one of its key features being the Chapel and grounds. Attractive landscaping was installed to enhance the curb appeal for its renters, but the grounds presented a challenge to keep the plants moist during dry periods.
As a cost-effective method to address the challenges GCPR staff faced with the grounds of the Chapel, a partnership was formed with the Horticulture culture class to allow students to work on a hands-on project to design and install an irrigation system. GCPR supplied materials and the preparatory labor to include utility locates and trench work. The project was completed on time and within budget as a result of the partnership. The project yielded 42 volunteer hours by the students, and a savings of $5,250 in labor. For more details on specific amenities and hours of operation, or information on facility rental, visit www.gwinnettparks.com.
Photo: From left to right GCPR staff – Jack Lavender, Victor Bluett, Nick White, and Trey Tonge.
Source: Gwinnett County Parks