Durham-based Gateway Building Company held a team service project at the Eno River Association headquarters in early September.
The construction company donated skilled labor, equipment, and materials to make much-needed improvements to this popular parking area along the banks of the Eno. Strategically located between West Point on the Eno Durham City Park and the eastern end of Eno River State Park, this trail access has seen an dramatic increase in traffic since the start of the global pandemic.
Thanks to Gateway, the site has improved drainage and parking, with additional parking spaces, new gravel & grading, and signage to help visitors navigate where to park. In addition, the company removed overgrown non-native shrubs, and relocated a shed that houses tools and materials to steward nearly 7,500 acres of Association-protected lands.
“Gateway’s generosity will increase access to Eno River parks for our community, will help protect the river from runoff, and will contribute to the biodiversity of our office site, which is an important wildlife corridor along the Eno” remarked Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director of the Eno River Association. “We are so grateful to Gateway’s commitment to the community and our environment!”
The project paves the way for the Association’s planned improvements to the native landscaping, riparian buffer, and rain gardens. The project engaged several other Eno supporters and partners: drainage and grading by RJR Grading, preliminary consultation by CT Wilson, additional funding from Durham Open Spaces and Trails Commission, and funds for the planned renovation of the Stewardship Shed by BioMerieux.
Individuals or groups looking to contribute to or participate in service projects and team-building experiences along the Eno River should contact our Stewardship Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.