What we've done this summer:
Northwest drafting students designed a bike rack to be built by the
The city has installed a water tap. THANKS!
Submitted proposal to city for stabilization of fragmented monuments.
We had guided tours on the Sunday afternoon of the 4th of July
Donnelly's tombstone rubbing. Her parents are Valerie and Cory Donnelly.
We had good survival on the trees we planted--where they weren’t run
over by lawnmowers. The kudzu control has been good, but now wee need to
plant the gully before it starts washing--magnolia, poplar, beech,
maple, native cane…
The webpage history sections have been updated. We've added a
Do you do geocaching? There's a geocache
hidden at Springhill.
We held several volunteer days on weekends. THANKS AnnaBelle & Allie,
daughters of Michael and Simone Johnson. (Simone daughter of Rans &
We look forward to seeing you on some volunteer gardening days this
It's time to think about planting trees!
Regularly Scheduled Workdays
2nd Saturday morning
3rd Sunday afternoon
Come pull privet anytime after a rain!
Welcome to Springhill
In February 2011, we installed a metal
sign/gate designed by Memphis College of Art (former NWCC) student Brandon Parker and built by
the Northwest Welding and Cutting department. A bike rack
designed by Drafting and Design Tech freshman Carl A. Street and built by Welding and
Cutting is coming soon. We also had a great week for tree and ornamental
planting, debris removal and trail clearing.
The city will be providing a water tap and
trash cans, and mows regularly during the summer. The Parks
Department has lost many employees due to budget cuts so your help
with maintenance is critical.
The city has a grant to install a sidewalk
along Church Street to provide a safe walking route to the Middle
School. This will form the east border of the playing/parking area,
where we plan an Asian Ornamental Garden.
We would like to make Springhill a location for
weddings and other parties, outdoor group activities, music, schools and
scouting club events, and cremation sprinkling memorial services.
Your suggestions are needed as we widen the scope of our plans.
For updates on other occasional
planned events, or to schedule your group event, visit the
page and sign up for our newsgroup listserver.
Many cities around the United States have taken
advantage of their old cemeteries. See this attached pdf file for case
studies of what other cities have done:
Holding Halloween/All Souls’ Day parties in the
cemetery, with costumes characters serving as interpreters of local
history will incorporate newcomers into the area’s patterns. Such family
cemetery picnics are a part of many Old World and Spanish American
cultures. This would alleviate part of the vandalism potential; but a
night watchman should also be posted.
Building arbors or benches, also birdhouses and bat
A tree-identification trail, with small signs for
Create and maintain a web-based database on the
plants and their performance for use of local people seeking best
species for lawn and garden use.
Science Learning Activities
Collect and process soil samples for pH and
nutrients. This data is also needed to evaluate remote sensing methods
Measure the height (by geometric/trigonometric
methods) and DBH of trees. File data on each extant tree to be kept;
annually re-measure and update charts.
Collect and propagate seeds and shoots. Plant them
out. This teaches about germination, rooting, care of seedlings.
Create and maintain records on all new planting.
The basic data to be collected are height, condition and treatment. This
will teach numbering of specimens, map use, systematic data recording,
Bee-keeping, and methods of encouragement of native
bees besides honey-bees. This teaches the crucial role of pollinators in
the food supply.