Parkway Hills plans SpringFest

4/18/2006

Chris Gill and the Soul Shakers Band, local artists and members of the Craftsmen’s Guild are scheduled to be on hand when Parkway Hills United Methodist Church in Madison celebrates the arrival of spring at an outdoor festival on Earth Day. 

The church’s second annual SpringFest is scheduled for 10 a.m. April 22.

The artists and craftsmen will display and sell their works. Food and children’s entertainment will be offered.

“SpringFest will give our neighbors and friends a special opportunity to enjoy Parkway Hills’ beautiful campus and the fellowship of our church family,” said Dianne Black, SpringFest co-chair. “The natural setting of our church grounds is one thing that is especially unique to Parkway Hills. It's the perfect venue for celebrating Spring, the arts and God's beautiful gifts of nature.”

Parkway Hills’ property is a certified backyard wildlife habitat. Parkway Hills was the first church in Mississippi to receive this designation awarded by the National Wildlife Federation when it was built in 1998. The wildlife habitat distinction means Parkway Hills is providing habitat for wildlife by cultivating trees, shrubs and flowers such as huckleberry and pyracantha that offer food and cover. There are also several bird houses and feeders on the property. 

The church was named 1998 Conservation Developer of the Year by the Madison County Soil Conservation District because of its conservation measures on the grounds.   Parkway Hills promotes common-sense conservation by reducing or eliminating the need for fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation water. The water management system has no curbs, which allows water to flow across the grounds and be absorbed into the soil.  Swales along the driveway and parking areas are designed to broadly and gently distribute water to diminish erosion and the risk of flash flooding. There is a cistern that collects water from the roofs and gutters in underground pipes.  Pooled water in the cistern can be pumped into a sprinkler system.

The church grounds also feature rocky paths, a stream bed and grassy pavers. The pavers allow parking on grassy areas and absorption of rainwater rather than runoff caused by asphalt.