Landscaping facelift at new county highway building

The newly expanded and renovated Anoka County Highway Department building is receiving a landscaping facelift with help from Anoka County Parks Department staff, University of Minnesota Extension Service master gardeners and a dedicated corps of student volunteers from area senior, middle and elementary schools.

Student volunteers help landscape the Anoka County Highway Department.

Student volunteers help landscape the Anoka County Highway Department.

Students from Blaine, Columbia Heights, Spring Lake Park, Coon Rapids, Anoka and other schools braved cool, wet weather conditions May 5 to plant 50 red maple, serviceberry, river birch, Black Hills spruce and Austrian pine trees as well as 70 assorted shrubs following a design created by the parks department landscape architects.

A second planting event May 19 gave middle and elementary students the opportunity to get their hands dirty planting more than 350 perennial plants and grasses.

“The end result will be a beautifully landscaped, low maintenance site created at the lowest possible cost,” said Anoka County Engineer Doug Fischer.

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