West Deptford residents who are tired of seeing dead shrubs, overgrown weeds, and a barren-looking landscape in the parking islands at the RiverWinds Community Center will be happy to hear that plans are in the works to refurbish them.
Johnson Matthey plans to spruce up the islands as one of its community projects within West Deptford this upcoming year. The proposed project would be the largest of three the company is considering in 2013.
“It's a big event for the site,” Recreation Advisory Committee chairman John DiCarlo said. “We want to get everyone out there as a community to help out.”
While details haven't been finalized, DiCarlo said he has spoken with township recreation foreman Matt Moore about ideas to revitalize the islands. Some of the ideas brought forth include putting in new mulch, tearing out the old shrubs and replacing them with newer plants that will be able to handle the winter.
Moore also mentioned that they would like to put walkway cutouts into the islands so people walking through the parking lot will not walk through the shrub and mulch areas.
The project will be completed by volunteer workers from Johnson Matthey and Solvais Solexis. Johnson Matthey will also contribute a donation toward the cost of the project. Moore is researching how much the project will cost.
DiCarlo said that there will also be two smaller projects that will include a small cleanup job at the Field of Dreams park and an additional project done in conjunction with the West Deptford Senior Citizens Club.
Last year, Johnson Matthey contributed donations and volunteers workers to renovate the Field of Dreams Park as part of a community service project.