On Sat, Aug. 15, 2020 the JRNA hosted a rock painting event in and around the gazebo in the park. It was a windy day, but no rocks blew away! Look for some of these rocks as you walk around the neighborhood. There are rock painting kits available if you want to do some artwork on your own. Just send us a message!
Fourth of July, 2019 parade! Every year we have a parade behind a fire truck around the Oakmont/Castle Pines horseshoe, then meet at the park for ice cream treats. In 2020, we were unable to have kids and parents walk in a parade, but we still had a fire truck, as well as an ambulance and a convertible! Goodie bags were passed out and families stood in their driveway and waved.
A beautiful, 10 acre prairie, studded with rainwater retention ponds, is the centerpiece of the Junction Ridge neighborhood. The large pond is located behind the homes on the west side of Blackwolf and the prairie extends down past the park to Elderberry Dr. The prairie and ponds are home to many native plants, birds, and animals.
Invasive plant species are dangerous to our environment. They draw water and minerals from the soil, thus killing the native plants that birds and animals need for food and shelter. Some invasive vines wrap around and "strangle" trees. It's not unusual to find a large oak or maple killed by wild grape vines. The JRNA is committed to maintaining our prairie and ponds as a natural resource for all our residents. Continually removing invasive species is a key part of this effort.
Volunteers are providing "Prairie Care" by removing invasive species, planting native species, and keeping the area free of trash. Our first Prairie Care Day focused on buckthorn trees and smaller weeds on the north side of the ponds.
Over time we will continue removing invasive plants all around the area, and we will replace the weeds with beautiful native species.
This fall we plan to have a "grand opening" of the newly renovated prairie. People can enjoy walking through the prairie and learning about the plants and wildlife that share our neighborhood.