Annual Lytle Creek Day Planned for Oct. 5

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September 27, 2013

Hazard Arboretum takes on autumn colors.

Hazard Arboretum takes on autumn colors.

The annual nature observance and celebration of Wilmington’s recreational Lytle Creek Greenway will be held next Saturday (Oct. 5) with Lytle Creek Day held at Wilmington College’s Hazard Arboretum.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators is sponsoring the event along with Wilmington College, which is observing the 50th anniversary of its 13.4-acre Hazard Arboretum.

The league will honor the arboretum’s namesake and former WC faculty member, the late Frank O. Hazard, as Pioneer Conservator of the Year, while Paul Hunter, a local community activist and steward of Hunter Glen, will receive the league’s Conservator of the Year award.

In addition, the College will recognize the late S. Fredrik Anliot, emeritus professor of biology and a former caretaker of the arboretum, by naming the adjacent, 19-acre natural area in his memory.

The Wilmington Tree Commission will start the day with a tree walk through the arboretum and areas of the nearby Lytle Creek Greenway at 10 a.m. The tour will assemble at the back of the YMCA parking lot.

A lunch will be held prior to the Lytle Creek Day program, from 11 a.m. to noon, under a tent near the arboretum entrance at Elm St. and Linton Drive. Sodexo, the College’s dining services provider, will provide the $8 lunch.

The program will follow at 12:05 p.m. after the city’s monthly siren testing. Hazard, Hunter and Anliot will be recognized for their roles in preserving and promoting the natural world. The event will conclude with an honorary tree-planting ceremony.

The Lytle Creek League of Conservators was founded in 2003 with the vision of creating a greenway throughout Wilmington. The goal of the League is to facilitate the conservation of the Lytle Creek riparian corridor.

This “linear park,” complete with stream views, trees and wildlife, is intended to be a source of pleasure for generations to come.

In 2004, the first section of the greenway was officially designated in cooperation with Wilmington College, the Clinton County Commissioners and the Lytle Creek League of Conservators, beginning at Davids Drive and continuing to the Wilmington College Arboretum.

There it connects with the 4-C Bicentennial Trail, a paved bike path that travels along Lytle Creek to Southeast Neighborhood Park on Paris Ave.