The Common grounds create an idyllic setting to anchor the 267 homes that make up Cress Creek Commons. At its center are three lakes, Heatherton, Kammer and Mirror with each connected to the other in a series of underground channels, with shorelines surrounded by erosion limiting limestone rocks.
Abutting two of the lakes is the Bathe & Racquet Club with 2 tennis courts, a 25 meter pool, diving board and a toddlers wading pool. Tables, chairs, umbrellas and a tree shaded picnic area add to the functionality. Seasonal lifeguards are always on duty.
Forty year old deciduous and evergreen trees are spread throughout the spacious lawns that surround the lakes, a walking path meanders alongside Kammer & Heatherton and for the foot weary, the dreamer and the dog walkers there are park benches scattered about the lakesides.
2015 Grounds Report
It's hard to think about the 2015 Landscape season when we have all just spent 2 days digging out from the January 31st snowstorm, but its just what I need to take my mind off my aching back.
Just to get everyone up to speed on what was accomplished in 2014, the Ash tree replacement program is all but complete. We started with 39 ash trees on the Commons grounds and only have 2 left to replace.
The Ash trees have been replaced with several new varieties that we did not have on the grounds prior to the replacement program. Many are new releases from the Morthon Arboretum. They include State Street Maple, Marmo Gum, Red Point Maple, Autumn Blaze Maple, Fall Fiesta Sugar Maple, Gingko, Red Oak, Sawtooth Oak, Black Gum, Dr. Merrill Magnolia and Katsura. Most of the trees are planted in groupings of three of a kind for a more dramatic affect. They are all long-lived, disease resistant and should provide us with many years of wonderful Fall color and Spring bloom.
Projects for 2015 include restoring the rocks and shoreline around Kammer Lake. We also will start repairing some of the damaged turf area around Mirro and Kammer Lake that we have had to pass over to the Ash trees done. We still have 15 Ash trees on the parkways around the lakes. This will require that we work with the city. They will be responsible to take them down as they continue to decline, but they may not all be replaced. We want to ensure that we get good quality trees, and work with the city forester on the varieties to be installed.
If anyone would like to know more about the new trees that were planted or their location, feel free to give me a call.