Sunday, November 25, 2012

River Run’s Facelift!

I'm guessing the pipes are for electric cables...

I’m not sure if the term ‘facelift’ defines what’s going on in this small federal park located close to Forsyth Missouri. It’s the best I can come up with after witnessing recent improvements such as new park site electrical junction boxes, new tree starts and even stop and yield signs at select locations! I’m not sure who authorized these improvements, but I’ll applaud them for these efforts none the less. (River Run Park has had its share of problems in recent years, not the least of which has been repeated episodes of flooding. Now, in the midst of a drought, it looks as though the likelihood of too much water will be replaced with the local river known as Bull Shoals drying up)!

During a walk I took earlier today, I’ve spied a pile of pipes, re-bar and what looks to be a water drainage pipe along with a backhoe and an equipment trailer parked by one of the camping sites. There are also some spray painted blue and red lines going this way and that with weird symbols. I’ve no idea of what these are for but will post something if and when I find out. One thing that's for sure is that I've witnessed more 'work' going on in this park this past fall than I ever remember seeing in the past. Does this mean that the chances of the park flooding again are over? Or perhaps it means that now the park will be better able to stand whatever Mother nature might think to throw at it.

Update: Apparently there was more work that had to be done on the electrical outlets at some of the sites as I noted a number of areas near the outlets had been dug up and the power cables exposed. I'm still not sure if this work qualifies as 'repair' or 'improvements.  Whatever the case, it's good to see the work being done.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

New tree starts for River Run!

Seems we have some new trees planted in River Run Park! While tooling through the area recently, I noticed a whole passel of new trees that had been planted all over the place! I’m assuming two things; 1) that these trees will replaced the ones damaged by recent floods and 2) that these little guys will be resistant to any flooding that might occur in the future.

During my visit, I counted about 38 tree starts. I also tried my best to identify what they were and think that most are sycamores with a few cedars thrown in for good measure.

July 2013 Update: The cedar trees and 'sycamores' (not sure of what they are yet) are doing very well as this picture testifies to: