The Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association has entered into a new partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church for a joint adoption of the small park (traffic island) located at the corner of Mt. Calvary Drive and Chevy Chase Drive. The partnership is part of the larger long-term effort on the part of the neighborhood association to adopt all traffic islands in the neighborhood and upgrade them with appropriate landscaping and other improvements.
Amy Sharp, chair of the association’s Beautification Committee, worked hard to make this partnership a possibility. Landscape architect, neighbor and former board member, John Lafoon, provided the master plan. The effort included a significant initial donation of money for improvements as well as a recent work day in November during which approximately 25 neighbors and church congregants joined forces to begin work on the improvements. Initial efforts included removing a top surface of grass and dirt, regrading the area at the tip of of the island, laying water permeable barriers to prevent weeds, installing landscape edging, placing several large boulders and planting three large Mountain Laurels donated by the City’s parks department. Future efforts will include laying decomposed granite for a walkway and base for the boulders as well as mulch and additional plantings. Neighbors are welcome to volunteer to assist on future work days. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has agreed to be responsible for ongoing maintenance, and they plan to install a memorial plaque honoring their recently decreased long-time pastor.