ELYRIA — Volunteers dug deep Saturday morning to put a lasting touch on Cascade Park that will enhance it for years to come.
Just after 9 a.m. volunteers from the Elyria Rotary, Lowe’s of Elyria and Nordson Corp. kicked off the Lorain County Metro Parks’ Cascade Park Legacy Tree Campaign with the planting of 75 trees through the historic Elyria wooded park. The work marked the first step in restoring the tree canopy at Cascade Park.
In 2013, the park district entered into partnership with the city of Elyria to restore, improve and maintain Cascade Park.
Due to the age of the park, the restoration required the removal of dozens of trees.
The main portion of Cascade Park will reopen to the public in the summer after a significant transformation, including the addition of a new inclusive playground being donated by Elyria Rotary in honor of its centennial anniversary.
Saturday also served as the first work day for the Rotary’s playground project.
“Elyria Rotary is pleased to have this hands-on opportunity for our members to be of service. Not only is it the kickoff for the Cascade Park Legacy Tree Campaign, but for a part of our worldwide service,” said Don Boddy, Elyria Rotary president. “Rotary International president has challenged all its Rotarians worldwide to make a difference in curbing climate change by planting one tree each this year.”
The plan is to plant more trees in the park.
The Metro Parks also is offering the community a chance to be part of the park’s restoration through a tree-donation opportunity.
The main section of the park is in need of additional trees.
The park district plans to install large, native trees between 15 feet and 20 feet tall near the inclusive playground. Those trees will be available for a $1,000 donation.
Additional trees to be planted throughout Cascade Park will be available for a $500 donation. Those trees will be native shade, ornamental and evergreen trees.
The trees will be planted in 2018. The donation will cover the cost of the tree as well as its future maintenance. Donors will be recognized in the park for their donation.
To donate, contact Jennifer Bracken at email@example.com or at (440) 458-5121.