Learn more about Adopt a Park/Greenway on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 1.
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation is hosting a guided trail walk and presentation on our Adopt-a-Park/Greenway program in
celebration of National Trails Day at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 1. The New Hope Audubon Society will host a short Bird walk at 9 a.m. prior to the Adopt-a-Trail presentation at 10 a.m.
Participants will have an opportunity to visit the Lower Booker Creek Trail and hear from local dignitaries and volunteers about the work they've completed recently. We encourage walking or biking to the trail head at 2200 Daley Road. Parking is also available at Eastgate Shopping Center, where you may enjoy a nice walk to the trail head at Daley Road. For those less able to walk or bike, there's limited street side parking available on Daley Rd. at the trail head.
The Booker Creek Trail was adopted by the Chapel Hill Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission in 2018. One hundred and sixty six volunteers, put in over twelve hundred hours, over thirteen Saturday’s to clear three acres of invasive vegetation. Various native species were donated and planted that provide food for pollinators and birds, including several dozen elderberry, ninebark, and silky dogwoods. This helps increase biodiversity along the creek and make the watershed healthier.
A grant was also secured from the New Hope Audubon Society for educational signage and additional native plants. Parks and Recreation staff supported the effort with social media promotion, and supplying tools, gloves, and hauling away the piles of privet. The cleared rocks have become a destination for children and dog walkers.
Trails are the gateways to a
healthier, more livable community. Trails also help facilitate unobstructed travel
between residential neighborhoods and key recreational, employment, retail and commercial
centers. In addition to providing these alternative transit options, local
businesses can benefit from the tourism they attract and the influx of visitors
who use the trails. Trails can also make communities particularly attractive to
corporations looking to expand or relocate to Chapel Hill because of the amenities
they offer to residents.