Willowbrook Arboretum

project updates


Two Bridges have been placed in the park and pathways are still being laid. 





There’s a lot going on in Willowbrook Park right now. Crews are making progress on the bridge abutment closest to Church St. Eventually it will lead from the Arboretum Commons Building on the East Willowbrook side across Brown Branch Creek to the Veterans Overlook Plaza.

AButment 4

Abutment 1

Abutment 2

Abutment 3

Repair work to the stream restoration efforts are complete. Burlap netting has been laid in problem areas all along the park. These areas have also been reseeded.

restoration repair

Construction has also begun on the park walkways. Crews have started grading a curving path from Front St. to West Davis St.  This week’s rains will cause a day or two delay on that section, but they’ll soon be back in action building paths starting at Front St. and working their way down to Church St.

Front St. Path

More updates to come…..

Construction has begun bridge abutments for three new bridges. 

Southern Tree Service, the tree removal contractor, is onsite removing dead or damaged trees, grinding stumps, and pruning limbs as needed.

The Arboretum Commons Building with revised design goes out for construction bids in the next few weeks.

The maintenance program for streamside vegetation to assist stream bank stabilization and to suppress invasive plants is ongoing.

In celebration of Arbor Day, The Burlington Women's Club donated  and planted a Chinese Pistache Tree.  

Burlington City Council will hold a Public Hearing at 7PM on Tuesday, April 2 at the Municipal Building at 425 S. Lexington Ave. to solicit feedback regarding a proposed change in scope of the Arboretum Commons Building at the Arboretum at Willowbrook Park. Due to the rising cost of construction, it is necessary to reduce the scope of the facility from restrooms and a multipurpose room, to restrooms and an open air pavilion in order to meet budget constraints. The City Council invites neighbors, community members, and interested parties to speak to the scope change during this public hearing. To view the planned revision to the Arboretum Commons Building click here.

Three hundred trees were planted along the creek as part of the streambank restoration.

Beginning as soon as the week of May 2 the public will begin to see equipment and activity in the park as Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc. begins to prepare the project site, perform field surveying, and install erosion and sedimentation control measures.Following the site preparation tree cutting, clearing of work area, grading and streambank restoration measures will begin.


City Council approved a contract with Carolina Environmental Contracting for stream bank restoration of Brown Branch (a.k.a. Willowbrook Creek). Construction work is anticipated to begin in early April. Stay tuned for timelines and construction updates as they become available. 


The existing playground and swings at Willowbrook will be removed during the week of March 5, 2018.

Preparations for the Arboretum project have begun. At the January 16, 2018 City Council meeting, a contract was awarded to Breece Enterprises to remove and replace a portion of the sanitary sewer that runs through Willowbrook Park. This sewer replacement will help prepare the site for the arboretum project. The sewer replacement is expected to be completed by mid-March, weather permitting.

The first phase of the Willowbrook Arboretum project is a stream restoration. Watch the video above to learn more about why this process is necessary and what it entails. 

Revised Plan for the Arboretum Commons Building

Arboretum Commons Building Scope Change Concept_4-2-19

Arboretum Design

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Willowbrook Park Design Package (2/7/18)

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