Camp Catalpa Park
Camp Catalpa Park is located next to Lake Reba. The park was established in 1970 as a bird sanctuary. Since its establishment, the park has progressively improved its status as a nature sanctuary by banning hunting and conserving its environment (City of Richmond). For example, in 2014, the park removed about 10 acres of honeysuckle, which is an invasive plant species that overgrows and prohibits the growth of other plants. The park’s management has also made this sanctuary accommodative and pleasing for visitors by making improvements such as the replacement of old dilapidated metal shelters with more comfortable wooden facilities. Refurbishing of old bathrooms and the installing of roofs in some of them.
The Camp Catalpa Park has also become more popular with visitors due to the increase in the length of its walking train from 0.5 miles to a 2.0 miles walking loop. The park’s management has also increased its facilities such as through the installation of a new playground and signage. Further, the park’s management has partnered with KY Department of Fish and Wildlife to enable the anglers to have more opportunities for fishing. Notably, this partnership has made the park to increase its walking trails. Finally, the park has expanded its disc golf course to allow its visitors to have more entertainment opportunities.
The visit to Camp Catalpa Park enabled me to discover the importance of environmental conservation in protecting the environment and sustaining natural organisms. The tour started in the afternoon, which is an ideal time for bird watching. Since most birds are active during the day, I was able to witnesses various species on the trees. Also, the forested region provided the birds with a safe habitat, where they were protected from invasive human activities and where they could find nuts, insects, fish, and other sources of their food. We also made a trip to Lake Reba, which provides the park with an additional walking trail and enables fishers to find more fishing opportunities. Finally, we observed the parks disc golf course, its properly designed walking trail, picnic grill, and playground.
From our observations, we realized that the efforts by Camp Catalpa Park management to conserve its environment by ensuring there no invasion into the park by honeysuckle plant have enabled a lot of trees and shrubs to grow. These plants have in turn made the park to attract and sustain various bird species that feed on them. The conservation and protection of Lake Reba have also made it have a lot of marine species. The presence of fish, frogs, and other aquatic creatures has attracted birds that feed on them. Importantly, the high number of these creatures has made the park more lively and beautiful, which has enabled it to attract a lot of tourists. The parks disc golf course and playing field also provide individuals with an area where they can have fun group sports and team building activities. These facilities have made the facility to become an attractive place for people visiting in large groups. Finally, the improvements of the park’s bathrooms, the provision of larger and more comfortable wooden shelters that have picnic tables and a grill have enhanced the parks position as a tourist destination.
The park should continue with its efforts of conserving the environment by partnering with other interested parties such as the KY Department of Fish and Wildlife. These partnerships will ensure that the park’s environment is safe for marine life, birds, shrubs, and trees, which will, in turn, enable it to attract tourists. Camp Catalpa Park should also continue with its efforts of providing facilities such as playgrounds, disc golf courses so that its visitors can have fun sports when in the park. Finally, the park should ensure that its bathrooms and shelter for tourists are properly maintained for its tourists.
City of Richmond. Department of Parks, 2017. Available from richmond.ky.us/index.php/parks-and-recreation/area-parks/153-camp-catalpa.