November 27, 2014

Alger Parks and Recreation to hold Earth Day event

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Alger Parks and Recreation will be holding an Earth Day event at Alger Park on June 7.

Starting at noon, the Alger Parks and Recreation Earth Day event will entail improving lots of different aspects of Alger Park, aka Dwight Schaff Memorial Park, said Marion Chard, Alger Parks and Rec chairwoman.

“We plan on planting one large maple tree,” Chard said. “We’re going to plant some flowers and just spruce up the park.”

The tree was paid for with a $750 grant the Alger Parks and Rec department received last year, Chard said. That money has already paid for several other trees, and this maple tree is the most recent purchase with that money.

The flowers are being provided by volunteers, Chard said.

“Everyone is donating some flowers,” Chard said. “I’m getting some perennials from my garden.”

Chard also plans on replacing a dilapidated serving table underneath the pavilion.

The event, starting at noon, is expected to last three hours. It was originally planned to be held in April but was postponed due to weather. This marks the second year this event has been held, and Chard expects it to become an annual event.

Volunteers merely need to show up in order to help. No pre-signing up is required. Chard expects a few dozen volunteers, but the event is open to anyone who wants to come and help.

“It would be helpful if volunteers brought their own tools,” Chard said. “BYOR: bring your own rake.”

In the event of rain, the operation will be canceled and a makeup day will be announced, Chard said.

For more information, Chard can be reached at 989-859-8418.

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