Green Hills Preserve: Gazebo then and now…

July 16, 2016

By Daniel Barringer, Preserve Manager

I really love then and now pictures, and while I didn’t set out to take these two, I stumbled across somewhat similar images in my photo library and wanted to share. There is a gazebo at Green Hills that predates the preserve. It was covered in poison ivy but was surprisingly sound.

I haven’t even had time to get back to finish repainting it, but still the improvements have been dramatic. This is what the site looked like in January:

IMG_8343And in June:

The funny thing is, the gazebo is not located on any of our existing trails (yet). So as I was painting I knew that very few people would be able to appreciate my labor. We’re not quite ready to build the next loop of trails (planting grasslands and making some other habitat improvements has come first, and we have a limited budget). But when the trails reach here the gazebo will be stabilized and ready to be enjoyed. That’s stewardship.