Romanza Johnson Park
Features & Amenities
- Creek Access
- Picnic Shelter – Regular
History of Romanza Johnson Park
Ralph and Romanza Johnson donated 2.62 acres of property on Trammell Fork creek to Warren County Fiscal Court to be developed as a nature park. The parks master plan includes two picnic shelters, parking area, nature trails with nature stations along the trails, fishing dock, and an environmental education station. Development began in the fall of 1997. At the present time, there is a picnic shelter and parking area on the grounds.
Because Trammel Fork feeds Drakes Creek, this park is a popular place for canoe and kayak enthusiasts to put in for a 3-4 hour trip, ending up at Phil Moore Park. Land surrounding the park is farm land.
Streambank Restoration Project: Enhancing Nature for a Sustainable Future
Welcome to our streambank restoration project, where we are committed to preserving and revitalizing the natural beauty of our waterways. Through a combination of innovative techniques and community involvement, we aim to create a thriving ecosystem that benefits both nature and people.
Key Project Elements
1. Boulder Toe Bank – Our boulder toe bank provides stability to the streambank, preventing erosion and maintaining a healthy riparian habitat. These strategically placed boulders create a natural barrier against the water’s force, promoting the long-term health of the waterway.
2. Root Wad Bank – The inclusion of root wads enhances the streambank’s resilience by stabilizing soil and offering habitat for aquatic organisms. These natural structures play a crucial role in creating a balanced and sustainable environment.
3. Low Water Crossing Removal – Removing low water crossings not only improves water flow but also prevents sedimentation and promotes a more natural stream channel. This contributes to healthier aquatic ecosystems and reduces the risk of flooding.
4. Constructed Riffle – Our constructed riffle introduces variations in water depth, creating habitat diversity and enhancing water quality. This feature promotes the flourishing of aquatic life while adding aesthetic appeal to the stream.
5. Native Flowering Forbs, Shrubs, and Trees – We prioritize the use of native plants to restore the natural vegetation along the streambanks. Native flowering forbs, shrubs, and trees not only beautify the area but also provide essential habitat for wildlife and improve overall ecosystem health.
1. Kayak Launch – Our kayak launch provides an opportunity for recreational activities, allowing community members to explore the waterway and connect with nature. This addition encourages a deeper appreciation for the importance of preserving our natural resources.
2. ADA Walking Trail – The installation of an ADA-compliant walking path ensures accessibility for all community members. It allows people of all abilities to enjoy the beauty of the restored streambank and engage in outdoor activities.
3. Creek Access – Providing safe and controlled access to the creek fosters a sense of connection between the community and the waterway. These access points encourage responsible interaction with the natural environment.
4. Educational Signage – Educational signage is strategically placed throughout the site to inform visitors about the restoration process, the importance of streambank conservation, and the various plant and animal species that call this area home. Knowledge is a powerful tool in promoting environmental stewardship.
The Fee in Lieu of Construction option was created as an additional opportunity to meet post-construction stormwater quality permit requirements while also managing long-term liability and costs. For projects that submit an application and meet the requirements, a one-time fee is assessed to the project. FILOC fee payment is considered permit compliance for project sites requiring Post-Construction Stormwater Quality plans.