Crew clears weeds, debris from park

Photo courtesy Patricia Diaz Krause
Members of the Lincoln Park Rotary Club tackled weeds while clearing the parking lot at Memorial Park.

Sunday Times Newspapers

LINCOLN PARK — An all-volunteer crew of residents, elected officials and members of the Lincoln Park Rotary Club gathered at Memorial Park Sept. 15 for “Clean the Park Day.”

Mayor Patricia Diaz Krause said that the informal program is designed to revitalize public park spaces in the city.

“The weather was beautiful and the volunteers worked very, very hard,” Diaz Krause said. Some weeded, pruned and raked the four large gardens in the park, others concentrated on the weeds and small trees that were growing in the parking lot. All told, about 20 yard waste bags were filled by the volunteers.

“After two hours of hard work, there is still more to be done,” Rotarian tarian Pat Kush said.

Volunteers pitching in included Evelyn Henry, Leslie Lynch-Wilson, Chris Dardzinski, Susan Czarnecki and Rotarians Ron Tocco, Shari Nemcheck, Fred Karns, Don and Pat Kush, and Blessed Hope Church Pastor Gary Schippling.

“Our community spirit and pride continues to grow as we work together for the betterment of Lincoln Park,” Diaz Krause said. “Every volunteer exemplifies our slogan, ‘A beautiful Lincoln Park begins with each of us.’”

Additional Clean the Park days are expected to be scheduled soon.

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