Ham Lake city council recognizes park clean-up volunteers

by Eric Hagen
Staff Writer

Over the past two meetings, the Ham Lake City Council has recognized a number of individuals and groups that have helped keep city parks clean under the Adopt-A-Park program.

Left to right: Sean Mallet, 10, Evan Mallet, 8, and Amy Mallet after accepting the Adopt-A-Park recognition certificate from Ham Lake Mayor Mike Van Kirk on behalf of Cub Scout Pack 508, which adopted Patricia’s Park. Photo by Eric Hagen

A couple of Cub Scout packs were among those recognized at Tuesday night’s (Jan. 17) council meeting.

Amy Mallet, an advancement coordinator for Pack 508, said the Cub Scout motto is to “leave no trace behind.” This means they must pick up after themselves to so the next person enjoying the space they occupied could not tell they were there.

Unfortunately, some people never learned those good manners or do not practice what they were taught by their parents. Fortunately for people visiting city parks, there are those who will pick up the slack and the trash.

“Keeping our parks clean is important to the Scouts in general,” Mallet said, who has two sons in the 35-member Pack 508.

Chris Kohnen said this is also a great opportunity to get the kids out of the house. All the volunteer groups and individuals are responsible for cleaning up the park they have adopted two to three times a year. Kohnen is the scoutmaster for Pack 509, which has about 35 members.

The groups and individuals recognized were:

Ham Lake Mayor Mike Van Kirk (right) reads a proclamation recognizing Cub Scout Pack 509 for adopting Enchanted Estates Park. Left to right: Dylan Horst, 8, Cameron Horst, 9, Derek Kohnen, 8, and Chris Kohnen. Photo by Eric Hagen

• Cub Scout Pack 508 for adopting Patricia’s Park

• Constance Estates residents for adopting Constance Estates Park

• Girl Scout Troop 12086 for adopting Eagle Ridge Estates Park

• Cub Scout Pack 509 for adopting Enchanted Estates Park

• Jason, Karen, Eli and Erika Moehring for adopting Gladys Jones—Lake Netta

• FL Senate District 49 for adopting Ham Lake Park

• Erickson family for adopting Heritage Oaks Park

• Girl Scout Troop 1152 for adopting Grandpa Scotts Playground

• Cindy Wrobel for adopting Lake Netta Nature Trail

• Robert Warner for adopting the trail between 3543-3553 Interlachen Drive N.E.

• Dustin R. Norman for adopting Twin Birch Acres

•Tom and Brenda Reiner for adopting Lund’s Pine Creek Park

• Conway-Cheney family for adopting Pinger’s Plaza Park

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]