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April 28, 2008
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas

125 trees for 125 years

KENWOOD — The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board turned 125 years old this year and planned to commemorate that anniversary with an Arbor Day tree planting celebration.

The Park Board will plant 125 trees May 9 on the north end of Lake of the Isles. An extensive renovation of Lake of the Isles began in 2001, and the shoreline plantings are part of the final phase of the project.

More than 900 students and staff members from Jefferson Community School and nearby Kenwood School were expected to participate in the event. They will work with Park Board forestry staff and volunteers to plant, water and mulch the new trees.

Among the trees slated for the north shore of Lake of the Isles are two Princeton elms. One will commemorate the Park Board anniversary and the other will be a memorial to former Jefferson teacher Sharon Johnson.

The public is invited to participate in the event and volunteer their time to plant trees. To register, volunteers should contact Sue McGrath by April 28 at 313-7779 or smcgrath@minneapolisparks.org.

Students and volunteers will gather at 10:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. near the intersection of East Lake of the Isles Parkway and East Franklin Avenue. A program, including student performances and the planting of the memorial trees, was scheduled for 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers to clean Stevens Square Park

STEVENS SQUARE — Employees from Xcel Energy were set to clean up Stevens Square Park April 30, Lake District Planner Alex Zachary said.

At the Park Board’s April 2 meeting, Zachary said it was an important event because the small urban park “has missed other volunteer opportunities” in the past.

Xcel employees will pick up trash, weed, sift the sand on the playground and work on removing graffiti. They also planned for a group to clean up nearby plot with a small garden.

If there are enough volunteers, some will pick up trash at nearby Washburn Fair Oaks Park just a few blocks away in the Whittier neighborhood.

From the parks to your table

BRYN MAWR — Volunteer your time for the parks and come home with a meal.

Sound like a good deal? Then stop by Eloise Butler Wildflower Garden on one of three days this spring when the public is invited to harvest garlic mustard (which is normally prohibited in city parks).

Although edible — and even featured on some local restaurant menus — garlic mustard is a fast-growing invasive species that threatens native plants in city parkland, the Park Board reported. Volunteers who help remove garlic mustard from the wildflower garden can take home everything they pick.

Harvesting was scheduled for 5–6:30 p.m. April 29, May 7 and May 19 in the garden, which is located in Theodore Wirth Park. To register, call 370-4863. Registration is free.

Golf courses open

BRYN MAWR — There was snow in the forecast, but the Park Board announced April 9 that portions of five city golf courses were open or for the season.

Open courses included the front 9 and par 3 at Wirth Golf Club, 1301 Theodore Wirth Parkway, near Bryn Mawr. For more information, call the club at (763) 522-4584 or visit the Park Board website
(www.minneapolisparks.org/).