Pollinator Park receives makeover

Submitted photo

Connor Schaper hauls a tree up from the bottom of the hill at the Pollinator Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

Submitted photo Connor Schaper hauls a tree up from the bottom of the hill at the Pollinator Park as part of his Eagle Scout project.

NEW ULM — The Pollinator Park on the north side of town received a makeover recently from a soon-to-be Eagle Scout.

Connor Schaper’s Eagle Scout project was to remove invasive sumac and clean up the garden area of the park.

“It definitely has improved the park tremendously and it looks a lot better now,” Schaper said. “The garden looks so much more presentable.”

Volunteers spent about six days in September cleaning up the park. They were there over the weekend.

The project started with removing about 100 feet by 40 feet of sumac that was encroaching on the garden.

Removing the dense growth from the north side of the park took about three days of hacking and hauling.

Next, Schaper turned his eye to the hill of the park, where numerous small trees were growing.

“The main idea of this park is to have more of a prairie type of a feel and the trees were growing in there,” Schaper said.

Schaper expected this part to be particularly difficult as the Scouts had to use hand saws. Although it was tough work, they did not run into much trouble, Schaper said.

Weeding the garden ended up taking about three days as well. Along with removing weeds, the scouts laid down some landscaping fabric and then new mulch to help prevent future weed growth.

“The main garden, the weeds were so tall in here you could hardly tell what was plants and what was weeds,” Schaper said.

All in all, Schaper ended up removing about 27 loads of brush via trucks and trailers.

“I think it is a very nice park and people should go there,” Schaper said. “It definitely is a place that, if you want to sit there and read a book for a while, it is not noisy at all.”

Schaper thanked his parents, Lance Kuester, Jeff Gulden, Cindy Bode and all of the Boy Scouts who volunteered.

Connor Cummiskey can be emailed at ccummiskey@nujournal.com.

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