Posted: Nov 10, 2012 9:34 PM by Mitch Bryan
Updated: Nov 10, 2012 10:58 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - One man and a handful of volunteers have been working their tails off to bring attention to a fairly unknown park full of beautiful scenery and enough elbow room for anyone.
In July of 2011, Art Norman spear-headed the adoption of Oso Creek Park with the company he works for, High Touch Technologies.
And ever since, he has been working tirelessly to make this hidden piece of nature
a big hit with the local community.
"We're trying to get the word out that you know, the park's out here," Art said.
Over the last year, Art has had over 80 people volunteer their time, mostly spent creating hiking and biking trails throughout his company's half of the 200 acre park.
"We've put in about 500 hours of volunteer effort and community service so far," Art added.
And the job has been tough.
"We did, in the past, also have problems with "mudders" coming out and trenching the roads and scarring the mudflats," Norman said.
But after putting up barriers around the park, Art says that problem has been almost completely eliminated.
And as he led me into a gorgeous grove of trees, Art described the trash and clutter left behind by a homeless camp that used to be here.
"I mean, we were picking up sleeping bags, pillows and suitcases."
For the past year, Art and his team of volunteers have worked to mow and maintain nearly a mile of trails so far. And they're working to make more. Perfect for hiking and biking, Art hopes to get the word out on this secluded slice of scenery.
"I just love coming out here to nature and it's one of the few places like this in Corpus Christi. Probably the only place. For a little while, I mean even in this grove of trees, you forget for a moment you're in Corpus Christi," Art told me.
The park is located at Salsa and Picante, on the city's Southside. If you want to check it out, the park is open for visitors from 6am until 10 at night.
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