by Lisa Tome
A brisk wind couldn't blow away Sandra Edwards enthusiasm for spring projects.
Edwards, Chesapeake City's town manager, is excited about beautification projects that are coming to the town.
Grant funds paid for ninth grade environmental science classes to be part of a year long action project which came through a grant written by staff at Fair Hill Nature Center. Those funds, $5,000 for Bo Manor students, will have a big impact along Chesapeake City's 2nd Street.
Plantings, rain barrels, and major park work are coming. Rain barrels will be placed in the area of the town hall and near Pell Gardens. There will be abundant plantings of native species. "It will be more visually appealing," said Edwards.
Ferry Slip Park will also get a butterfly garden. Local propagator Vic Priapi served as a consultant and provided recommendations on what will be planted. Special attention was also paid so that plants that attract bees won't be placed in the park for safety reasons.
Town public works crewman David Pardee was ripping out old pines in Ferry Slip Park last week. That will make way for new platings, river birch trees, and more. About 200 students will alternate doing work on the town on April 7 and 8.
A portion of Ferry Slip Park includes horseshoe pits. Edwards said there has been discussion about whether those pits will stay or go. "We are leaning toward keeping them. Maybe we will promote it more," said Edwards.
In other business from Chesapeake City:
• As the weather turns nice, more visitors will be in the town. "The nice days we have had tons of people using the trail - hiking and biking," said Edwards. The town is also getting docks and other areas ready for visitors.
• Although it's not a town event, the Chamber project ice skating rink won't be back in winter. Weather and staffing are some of the reasons it won't return. "We'll come up with something else," said Edwards.