Archive for April, 2013
On Sunday April 21 2013 a passel of residents descended on McBurney Park for a clean-up session and to spread mulch around the younger trees in the park.
The City of Kingston provided the mulch, which will protect the tree roots in drought conditions and – hopefully – discourage weeds and grass from growing up close to the trunks. Overzealous weed-whacking has, in the past, done serious damage to the bark. When you consider the rigmarole involved to get trees planted in the former graveyard, it makes sense to protect the investment.
Dozens of volunteers shoveled and hauled mulch, prepared the Ordnance St. flowerbeds for spring, collected myriad cigarette butts, and cleaned up the litter that had collected along the rink boards and throughout our green space. The weather was crisp and sunny, neighbours had a chance to chat, dogs (and one cat) mingled with the crowd, and lunch was provided afterwards by Sandra and David.
The cherry on top came the next day, Earth Day, when a truck showed up and blasted the graffiti off the shed that sits in the middle of the park.
Thanks to all who were able to help. Extra thanks to the Rutenbergs for hospitality and to Simon, who convinced the City to deliver mulch for the event and then wrangled the wheelbarrow brigade.