A ribbon cutting was held Saturday at the Spring Creek Nature Area (SCNA), officially opening the park’s northern entry portals. The portals, designed by artist Brad Goldberg in collaboration with DCBA Landscape Architecture, feature massive blocks of textured, Kenoran Sage granite, cut out with leaf-shaped openings. Each portal plaza, shaded by tall trees, also includes a leaf-shaped sculpture imprinted with a quote about nature and leaf-shaped seat pods. The portals serve as relaxation spaces along SCNA’s 3/4-mile Perimeter Trail, which runs along the outside of the 100-acre park, and will eventually provide access to interior SCNA trails.

Both the Perimeter Trail and the portals are part of the Spring Creek Nature Area Master Plan approved by the City Council in 2015. The portals are located at the southeast corner of Renner Road at Routh Creek Parkway and the southwest corner of Renner Road at Plano Road.