Landscape work temporarily turns Waterfront Park into beach

emoody@beaufortgazette.comApril 19, 2012 

04/19/12 Jonathan Dyer/The Beaufort Gazette- The green grass at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park was covered in sand Thursday afternoon. The park is getting grass is getting treated for the upcoming busy summer season of events.

It was a beach day Thursday at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park as crews from The Greenery covered the lawn in sand while preparing it for spring and summer.

The sand was a top dressing to fill in aeration holes punched in the lawn earlier this week and to smooth the ground's surface, according to Jerry Ashmore, branch manager of The Greenery's Beaufort office. The thick layer of sand won't even be noticeable within a few days, he said.

That's good news to bocce ball aficionados who like the smooth surface, and for drainage and turf growth in the park in downtown Beaufort, Ashmore said.

"With a lot of festivals out there, it gets a lot of wear and tear," he said.

An attractive park also helps the city make a good first impression on visitors, many of whom arrive by boat or step off tour buses at Waterfront Park.

Beaufort's festival season is approaching, and events to be held at Waterfront Park include the Child Abuse Prevention Agency's Step up for Kids 5K/10K Walk-Run on Saturday and the Taste of Beaufort on May 4 and 5.

The Greenery is the city's landscaping contractor. Sprucing up the lawn is only part of the preparations, which also will include switching winter plants and flowers for spring and summer ones, the company's Mike Smalls said Wednesday at the monthly neighborhood meeting at City Hall.

Ashmore said plants that make a big and colorful impact -- marigolds, hibiscus and salvia, for instance -- will be planted.

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