Troy University receives check for trails project in Janice Hawkins Park

Posted: Monday, 15 December 2014

TROY - Troy University today received a $5,000 check from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority to cover the cost of phase one of an ecological trail system and outdoor classroom in Janice Hawkins Park on the Troy Campus.

The funds were used to install a system of trails through the park using natural materials and included signage to provide educational opportunities along the trail.

Authority Executive Director Barbara Gibson and Authority Board Chairman Jack Pelfrey and board member Alan Boothe presented the check to Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor, Dr. Jim Bookout, Senior Vice Chancellor of Finance and Business Affairs, and Mark Salmon, Director of the University's Physical Plant.

"This check represents the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority's continued support of Troy University and the Janice Hawkins Park project," Gibson said.

Salmon said partnerships like the one the University enjoys with the Authority have played a tremendous role throughout the Janice Hawkins Park Project.

"Troy University has invested in the park to make an enjoyable green space of its students and the local community," Salmon said. "These trails were designed to highlight the innovative wetlands projects. The project truly emphasizes the importance of and the role played by strong partnerships, like the one we enjoy with the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority."

The walking trails were the latest phase of the Janice Hawkins Park project. The park currently includes seating areas, walkways surrounded by plants and sculptures and an amphitheater. Previous grants by the Authority have assisted in the elimination of invasive species of plants throughout the park.

Check presentation

Officials from the Choctawhatchee, Pea and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority presented Troy University with a check for $5,000 on Monday to fund phase one of a project that installed walking trails and educational signage in Janice Hawkins Park. From left to right are: Mark Salmon, Director of Troy University's Physical Plant; Jack Pelfrey, Chairman of the Board for the Authority; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., TROY's Chancellor; Dr. Jim Bookout, TROY's Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Business Affairs; and, Alan Boothe, Authority Board member.