Champaign County Forest Preserve– Mabery Gelvin Botanical Garden


Heather: WELL KNOWN GARDEN AT A LOCAL FOREST PRESERVE RECEIVES A MAKEOVER THE SORTS. IT’S HAPPENING IN YOUR COMMUNITY. CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT LISA IS HERE. THE REMODEL IS COMPLETE. Guest: IT IS! Heather: I’VE BEEN NOTICING ALL OF THE HOME COMING PICTURES LAST WEEKEND OF MY KIDS’ FRIENDS ON THE BEAUTIFUL BRIDGE. Guest: I WAS SO EXCITED. IT WAS JUST IN TIME FOR HOME COMING PICTURES! THERE’S PEOPLE NOW WITH SENIOR PICTURES. YES, I WANT TO TAKE MY SON FROM MONTICELLO TO MAHOMET TO GET HIS PICTURES. Heather: WHY NOT! LET’S TALK ABOUT HOW THE RENOVATION CAME TO BE AND HOW IT’S BEEN MADE POSSIBLE. Guest: IT’S BEEN A LONG TIME COMING. IT WAS MADE POSSIBLE DUE TO A LARGE DONATION FROM ROSE AN KNOLL AND HER HUSBAND RICHARD. WE COULD NOT HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT THE DONATIONS, BECAUSE THE SCOPE OF THE REMODEL IS WAY OUT OF OUR BUDGET. IT’S WHAT WE ARE ABLE TO HANDLE IN A YEAR. Heather: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE THINGS YOU DID TO UPGRADE. THE Guest: YES, IT’S COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. I REALLY NEED TO DO LIKE SIDE BY SIDE PICTURES OF IT, BECAUSE — Heather: THIS IS AFTER OR BEFORE? Guest: THIS IS AN AFTER PICTURE. THEY HAD TO DREDGE THE POND OUT. AND THEN, THEY JUST WENT THROUGH AND RE-DID IT. NOW, WE HAVE OVER 1,742,000 POUNDS OF ROCKS. Heather: WOW, THAT’S A LOT OF ROCKS. Guest: AND BOULDERS. THE BIGGEST ROCK IN THE WATER WALL IS OVER 400 POUNDS. Heather: I’M SO GLAD YOU STILL HAVE THE WATER FALL. IT’S MY FAVORITE FEATURE. Guest: IT’S EXCITING TO SIT OUT THERE AND LISTEN TO IT. IT’S SO NICE. Heather: PEACEFUL. Guest: YES, IT’S BEAUTIFUL. Heather: THESE ARE NOT PICTURES OF THE WOODS. Guest: NO. Heather: WE HAVE A NEW PROJECT ON HAND. Guest: YES, THIS IS ANOTHER POND WHERE WE NEED HELP. THIS IS WILLOW POND IN PENFIELD. AND AS YOU CAN SEE, WE USUALLY DON’T HAVE THAT MUCH BEACH. THE POND IS ON THE SAND OR GRAVEL DRAIN AND IT IS LEAKING. SO WITHOUT — THROUGHOUT THE YEAR WITHOUT GOOD WATER, RAIN OR THINGS LIKE THAT COMING IN, THE POND, WE LOSE LIKE A FOOT A WEEK. Heather: OH, WOW! Guest: SO, YES, IT’S IN DIRE NEED OF BEING REDONE. THERE’S A LOT OF — HERE’S ANOTHER SCOPE OF A PROJECT THAT WE CAN’T — IT WOULD TAKE YEARS FOR US TO SET ASIDE MONEY TO BE ABLE TO DO IT. SO WE’RE ASKING FOR HELP FROM THE PUBLIC TO HELP US RAISE FUNDS SO WE CAN REDO THIS. THAT POND IS THE ONLY PUBLIC SWIM BEACH IN CHAMPAIGN COUNTY. IT GOES WITH OUR — WITH THE CAMPGROUND AT THE FOREST PRESERVE AND ALSO, OF COURSE, I HAVE TO BRING UP, WE ARE THE ONLY INTERNATIONAL DARK SKY PARK IN ILLINOIS. SO IT’S A HUGE PROJECT. WE REALLY WANT TO DO IT FOR ENVIRONMENTAL REASONS AND RECREATIONAL REASONS. Heather: AND TO GET PEOPLE OUTDOORS AND TO ENJOY NATURE. Guest: YOU GREW UP IN GIFFORD. SO YOU HAVE BEEN TO THAT POND AND BEACH. Heather: I DID. Guest: THE SUPERINTENDENT AT MIDDLE FORK, HE GREW UP GOING TO THAT BEACH. IT USED TO BE A GREAT PLACE TO GO OUT AND ENJOY. IT’S A GREAT AMENITY FOR THE CAMPGROUND ALSO. Heather: WE’RE GOING TO MAKE IT GREAT AND BEAUTIFUL AGAIN. SO HOW IS THE CAMPAIGN WORKING? Guest: PEOPLE CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE. THERE IS A LINK THAT THEY CAN DONATE DIRECTLY FROM THE WEBSITE. Heather: OKAY. Guest: WE’VE BEEN TRYING TO GET STATE OR PUBLIC GRANTS OR DONATIONS THAT WAY. BUT THE DREDGING OF THE POND IS NOT SOMETHING THAT — Heather: THEY WANT TO COVER. Guest: STATE GRANTS WILL COVER. Heather: WELL. Guest: WE’RE TRYING TO WORK — WE ARE PUTTING MONEY ASIDE AT THE DISTRICT. BUT ALSO, JUST TRYING TO HELP AND GET HELP FROM THE PUBLIC. Heather: ALL RIGHT. WELL, YEAH, BECAUSE WE HAVE AVENUE GOT TO MAKE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE DISTRICT, ALL OF THE PARKS IN THE AREA BEAUTIFUL! Guest: AND YOU SAW THE BEFORE AND AFTER WHAT WE CAN DO FROM GREAT PUBLIC DONATIONS. Heather: YES. IF YOU NEED MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE CHAMPAIGN COUNTY FOREST PRESERVE

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