Johnston Kelly Park
This park was developed in 1993 when a 5th grade teacher at View Ridge Elementary wanted to teach her class about biodiversity. A neighbor who visited the class suggested they clean the green belt near the school. The students embraced the idea.
A developer built a road and a pond to catch water runoff. Now, the park features Rocky Waters, a centrally located creek bed and Marshtopia, a mitigation pond, each named by the students.
Over the years, new 5th graders have added paths and an amphitheater. A Boy Scout built a bridge over the park's creek to earn his Eagle Scout Award. The park has become an outdoor classroom where students perform plays and carry out lessons. Every year, 3rd graders assist the Parks Department to add new bark to the trails. The newest addition will be a Native Plant Demonstration Garden located near the amphitheater.