Volunteers clean up Blaine park in time for Earth Day

Shari Kunza, program supervisor for the Blaine Parks and Recreation Department, said they absolutely had a great turnout of volunteers at the annual Earth Day cleanup held April 26 at Kane Meadows Park.

Of the 45 community volunteers, seven were first grade students involved in Girl Scout Troop 16590. There were also two third graders in Girl Scout Troop 15078 and one fourth grader in Girl Scout Troop 16595, according to Troop 16590 leader Molly Thomson.

“The girls liked the hands-on physical labor of clearing the trees,” Thomson said. “It was perfect for a group of kids who are active and like to stay busy.”

The biggest chore was removing old willow trees from near the Kane Meadows Park pond.

Although willow trees are not invasive species, Kunza the city wants to keep these trees from becoming overgrown next to the pond. Some volunteers trimmed the trees while others hauled away the limbs.

Once the willow trees were reduced to mulch, this material was used by the Blaine Public Works Department for planting beds and landscaping, according to Kunza.

“It was wonderful that some of the trees were so large that it required teamwork to remove them,” Thomson said. “They really had a chance to put some of their problem solving skills to use.”

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Lucy Van House, Jordan Blaine and Brianna Blair were among the seven members of Girl Scout Troop 16590 that helped water a new shamrock linden tree after it was planted April 26 at Kane Meadows Park as part of the city of Blaine’s recognition of Earth Day earlier that week. There were 45 community volunteers total that cleaned the park that morning. Photos by Eric Hagen Dina McKinley describes the invasive species buckthorn to Kyanne Hallowell, Sarah Palzer, Kaitlyn Palzer and Emma Thompson. Girl Scout Troop 16590 leader Molly Thomson hauls the remains of an old willow tree to a place where it could be chipped up and used by city of Blaine’s public works department as mulch in planting beds and landscaping. About 45 volunteers helped clean Kane Meadows Park in Blaine the morning of April 26 in honor of Earth Day April 22. Megan Thomson, Ella Thomson, Alex Michael and Sammy Michael pick up old willow tree branches.
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Lucy Van House, Jordan Blaine and Brianna Blair were among the seven members of Girl Scout Troop 16590 that helped water a new shamrock linden tree after it was planted April 26 at Kane Meadows Park as part of the city of Blaine’s recognition of Earth Day earlier that week. There were 45 community volunteers total that cleaned the park that morning. Photos by Eric Hagen