Grant to aid Janice Hawkins Park project at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 03 February 2014

TROY - A $5,000 grant from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority will help Troy University eliminate invasive species of plants in the Janice Hawkins Park on the Troy Campus.

Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson and Authority Board member Alan Boothe presented the check to Troy University officials on Friday.

"This check represents the continuation of our support for the Janice Hawkins Park project at Troy University, and our board has agreed to continue our support in 2014," Gibson said. "We are very proud to be able to participate with TROY in such an important project."

Mark Salmon, Director of the University’s Physical Plant, said TROY is grateful for the continued support of the Authority.

"We appreciate the continued support received from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority," Salmon said. "This grant will help us go back in and deal with invasive species of plants."

The funding will enable the University to perform management and clearing of invasive plants on about 15 acres, which, in turn, will preserve the life and encourage growth of native plants, according to Salmon.

Janice Hawkins Park was developed to provide additional green space on the Troy Campus and includes seating areas, walkways surrounded by plants and sculptures and an amphitheater. A future phase of the project will include walking trails, Salmon said.

Park Grant

Barbara Gibson, executive director of the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority, and Authority Board member Alan C. Boothe presented a $5,000 grant to Troy University officials on Friday to benefit the ongoing Janice Hawkins Park project. From left to right are: Mark Salmon, Troy University Physical Plant Director; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor; Gibson; Boothe; and, Dr. James Bookout, TROY’s Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs.