The group got one step closer to their goal of adding more shade to the park by planting two American Linden trees today! The American Linden trees can grow to be 60-80 feet with a pyramidal shape, so once these babies mature the skaters will have a place of refuge from the sun. There were so many people to help and some healthy competition between the groups at each tree which made for a quick, fun, and successful planting.
We spent this workday planting perennials along the entrance as part of the groups efforts to beautify the park. Four sedum and two hostas were planted to add some vibrant greens, plus pink and purple when they're in bloom. It was a busy skating day so lots of people got to see the group in action and express their appreciation for all they've done. We are looking forward to planting more trees next week after deciding the species at today's meeting.
This misty, humid evening couldn't slow down our group this week. Despite the weather, the group planted three trees in one night! It couldn't have happened without some intense pick axing through tough, rocky soils and amazing patience and effort from the whole group. There are now two serviceberry trees and a red maple along the side of the new skating area. The serviceberry trees are smaller fruiting trees and the red maple is a larger tree that will eventually provide shade. This was the first tree planting workday but the group hopes to see more of these as the summer continues.