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.”

Eric Hagen is at [email protected]

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