Every day is Earth Day for Friends of Westgate Park

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Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
Earth Day is a bit of a misnomer for volunteers with Friends of Westgate Park. While they can often be found picking up litter or doing other beautification projects at the westside park on that designated day, they can also be found there throughout the year. “We consider it an Earth Day every time we are out here,” said Jillian Manning, a Friends of Westgate Park board member. To compliment and continue the April 22 festivities, its volunteers came out that weekend to remove and replace trees and shrubs that were damaged. According to Manning, the volunteers planted three new trees (two magnolias and one sweet gum) in the park and added three pinky winky hydrangeas to the expanded flower bed at the Recreation Center entrance. Here, Paul Adams gently places one of those hydrangeas into the bed.
The weight of the magnolia tree caused volunteers Danny Peterson (left) and Ric Brandel to break out into a sweat as they tried to delicately wrangle it into its new home.
Ric Brandel and Jillian Manning rake the bed near the recreation center entrance.
Corissa Spence helps shovel dirt into the new home of the magnolia tree nearest to the pond.

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