FLINT TWP. — About 24 youth and 40 adult volunteers contributed more than 240 hours of work, valued at more than $4,500, for the seventh annual “Join Hands Day,’’ to clean up and beautify the park on Norko Drive, according to a summary report to the township board from Peter Mikelens, event coordinator.
Mikelens represents the GLEANER Greater Flint Area Arbor, a fraternal organization, that worked with Supervisor Karyn Miller and the Flint Township Parks Committee, the Faith Missionary Church Youth Group, the Country Clovers 4-H Club of Genesee County, and community volunteers.
The four-hour event began with a walk-through and advice from the Michigan State University Extension Master Gardener program, Mikelens said.
“We bought 2 cubic yards of certified playground safety chips, topsoil, 7 flowering crab apple trees, annual and perennial flowers, 8 cubic yards of hardwood.’’ he said.
The township provided about $200 for mulch; Emterra Environmental donated a ten-cubic yard dumpster, a $300 value; and The Arbor donated $900 including food, materials and for dandelion spraying by TrueGreen. Donna’s Donuts provided pastries and coffee.
Work projects included cleaning out flowerbeds and adding fresh topsoil, planting and mulching annual and perennial flowers, cleaning up the swings area and adding safety chips; planting a semi-circle of flowering crab apples between the swings and the creek; picking up litter along the trails; and cutting out invasive buckthorn and autumn olive bushes.