Northwest Park celebrates Earth Day

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., May. 1, 2013
Girl Scouts Erin and Breanna and their moms, Sandy and Anne-Marie, were on their way back from cleaning out the bluebird boxes at Northwest Park on April 20. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Girl Scouts Erin and Breanna and their moms, Sandy and Anne-Marie, were on their way back from cleaning out the bluebird boxes at Northwest Park on April 20. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

In a slight departure from their usual Earth Day efforts, the staff at Northwest Park took their labor force of volunteers and planned an entire week for earth stewardship. For the whole week preceding Earth Day, the park was opened up to corporate and civic groups willing to come in and lend a hand in clearing trails, planting trees and renovating features of the park that the public has come to depend on.

“It’s a slight change of flavor,” said Park Manager Ford Parker.  Since 2003, volunteers had traveled to different locations on one day to do some outdoor work.  Opening it up for an entire week gave more volunteers an opportunity to participate and, in the end, more work got done.

The week culminated in a huge clean up day on Saturday, April 20. “We had an estimated 90 volunteers on Saturday,” said Parker.  “It was busy day.”

Groups of volunteers could be seen working hard with rakes and loppers, preparing the popular park for another season of campers.  “We had numerous things going on,” said Parker.  “A lot of the public volunteers got the organic garden ready for its planting season, several Boy Scout troops got the butterfly garden ready for planting, and the Kiwanis members cleaned up the entire sensory saunter trail.”

One noticeable change was the addition of new trees.  Several trees on the park’s 473 acres had to be cut down after storm Alfred caused permanent damage to them.  Families who have been missing the trees which once shaded the playground will be pleased to know new trees have been planted there.

Children were very active in the effort this year as well.  Medina Academy collected cans for conservation and raised $350 with which they purchased a tree that was planted in the park. Loomis Chaffee students spread mulch in different places in the park, the Girl Scouts worked hard to prepare 70 bluebird boxes in the property for new tenants and the Boy Scouts cleaned up the butterfly garden.

“We’re thinking about taking the same idea to different areas of town next year,” said Parker. “Different areas that need earth stewardship.”


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