As a wonderful garden area, Hurley Park provides both a peaceful oasis for casual strolling and a hosting location for a menagerie of educational events. One of its most popular events is the Butterfly Release. Currently, the Asclepias tuberosa, aka Butterfly Weed and a type of milkweed, is blooming. This beautiful plant used to be spotted on many countrysides, but due to urban encroachment and development, the plant is no longer as common. With the decline of Monarch butterflies, milkweed is needed now more than ever since it is the only plant on which the Monarch can complete its lifecycle.
The upcoming Hurley Park Butterfly Release on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m., is a great event at which to learn about Monarch butterflies and other butterfly species, their migration, and milkweed (their host plant). Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to find a good seat as the release happens quickly. Food trucks will be available for food purchase.
For more information, call Hurley Park at (704) 638-4459 or email Danelle.Cutting@salisburync.gov.