The granite pieces that will make up the two Spring Creek Nature Area entry portals should start being delivered in late January or early February. Delivery is expected to take about three weeks, during which time temporary lane closures will occur in the right-hand northbound lane of Routh Creek Parkway at Renner Road, as well as the eastbound Renner Road right-turn lane at Plano Road. The closures are necessary so a crane can unload the large granite pieces.
The entry portals will be located at the intersections of Renner Road and Plano Road, and Renner Road and Routh Creek Parkway. The pieces will welcome visitors to the 100-acre Spring Creek Nature Area and have a leaf-theme, with a large leaf-shaped cutout in each granite portal, granite benches and a leaf-shaped granite sculpture. The idea for the portals came from the Spring Creek Nature Area Master Plan, which was developed and approved in 2015 and outlines ideas for development of the 56 additional acres acquired for the park in January 2015.
Construction on the Spring Creek Nature Area perimeter trail, on which the portals will be located, began last summer and is complete except for the areas immediately surrounding the entry portals. In addition to encircling the park, the trail provides safe and easy access from the Spring Creek Nature Area to Foxboro Park.