DURHAM CREEK WEEK: Clean Up at Sandy Creek Park!

As part of Durham's Annual Creek Week celebration, the Headwaters Group of the Sierra Club is looking for volunteers to help clean up Sandy Creek Park and surrounding creek area. Keep Durham Beautiful will supply us with gloves, trash-grabbers, and other clean up tools but feel free to bring your own!  We'll supply the donuts. 

Plenty of cool wildlife to see, as well! 

There will be a prize for the "best" piece of trash found!

Did we mention DONUTS???

C'mon out, y'all, and help keep the park clean!!!

Sandy Creek Park is actually located on a former wastewater treatment site! The land for this park was acquired by the City of Durham in 1928 and 1929. The plant originally served the Duke University Campus.  In the 1950's the facilities were expanded and in 1984 the treatment plant was taken out of service, though this site was used for disposal of storm debris after Hurricane Fran in 1996. The City of Durham used the site as wetlands mitigation for the construction of the Martin Luther King parkway in the mid to late 1990's, agreeing to encumber the site with two conservation easements for a wetlands area; and the state’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program has constructed and manages the site wetlands. During that period, the City removed most of the old existing treatment plant facilities and turned the site over to the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) to manage as a City park facility. In 1999 DPR submitted an application to the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund to construct an asphalt trail, a picnic shelter, restroom facility and parking lot; this application was awarded and the project was completed in 2003. 

Today the only parts of the treatment plant still on the site are two large green tanks—the Vacuator (on the left as you look up the hill) and the digester (on the right)-and the bridge connecting the two parts of the plant, now converted to pedestrian use.

All attendees (at all Creek Week events) will get a raffle ticket to win one of two Ivy Rain Barrels, courtesy of the City of Durham.

Click here for more information about Sandy Creek Park.

Click here for more information on Durham's 2014 Creek Week events.

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  • Alix

    I'll actually have three others with me, but the RSVP had a max of +2.

    March 14, 2014

    • Kelly M.

      GREAT! I just changed it so you can add another to your rsvp if you wish!

      1 · March 14, 2014

  • vicky

    I will be a Little late

    March 14, 2014

  • Geniece

    Would it be acceptable for me to bring my 7 year old? I'd like to get him involved in this type of project. But, I'm not sure if you're anticipating it to be particularly hard or risky work.

    February 26, 2014

    • Kelly M.

      Hi Geniece, the park isn't particularly dirty and we'll probably walk outside the park, along roads to pick up trash, too. We'll have garbage grabbers and gloves. If he is with you, he should be fine. We will start at the park so if you do not want to venture outside the park, that is perfectly ok, too!

      March 2, 2014

    • Geniece

      Great, thanks!

      March 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be visiting a French Broad Valley Bog that day with some friend (Transylvania County). Darn.

    February 25, 2014

    • Kelly M.

      Hope to see you on another outing, Arleigh!

      February 25, 2014

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