I posted this photo on Downtown Decatur’s wall yesterday, which resulted in a handful of people asking questions about the new courthouse lawn. So here’s what you need to know:
Construction started in July to refurbish the lawn south of the old courthouse. The ground was so compacted that it was flooding every time it rained and the grassy lawn had turned into a collection of giant dirt patches (see Google image below). Over the past month construction crews removed the compacted soil, installed a liner, new irrigation system and drain lines, filled the area with an organic soil mixture that resists compaction and installed new turf.
Work was completed this week, but the fence will be left up for the remainder of the year to allow the grass to root and prosper before next year’s event season begins.
The blue lines give you a rough idea of where the fence is for this weekend – so you can better plan out your treks between author venues. Almost all the sidewalks are open except for the center one that connects the bandstand to the MARTA plaza and the new path on the west side. Bottom line? You’ll be able to walk all around the bandstand and square, just not on the new grass.
We added bunting and bad poetry banners to the fence for a bit of flare.
Here’s a peek through the fence at the new path and new landscaping on the west side:
The east side was re-mulched just in time for the Kudzu reading room to be set up:
Have a safe weekend and make sure you read all eight poems from the Bad Poetry Corner hanging up along the fence!