Residents who’d like to help shape the future of Reedsburg’s newest park, take note.
Members of the Sauk County Master Gardener Association could use help to plant about 400 perennials at Harvest Park on May 30.
No green thumb? No problem.
“No gardening experience required,” said association President Carrie Covell. “Just bring a hand trowel, or we’ll have some extras.”
The city dedicated Harvest Park last October on land downtown it already owned at the corner of Park and Railroad streets.
The park is home to “Ruminant,” a John Deere combine modified with 34 stained glass windows depicting images of farm life and the harvest.
A nonprofit, Reedsburg ArtsLink, raised the money needed to install the art at no cost to taxpayers.
The long-term project of improving the park, also at no cost to taxpayers, is the work of a second group – the Ruminant/Harvest Park Project Committee.
“This park will be beautiful and unique, and it’s for the whole community to enjoy,” said Joann Mundth Douglas, ArtsLink founder and chairwoman of the park committee.
An architect created a landscape plan for the park last year, and the fundraising needed to pay for the improvements is ongoing.
“The park’s biggest expenses going forward will be for ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible sidewalks up to and around Ruminant and screening areas on the north and west sides of the park,” Mundth Douglas said.
Covell said participants in the May 30 planting event will work with small plants in quart-size pots in a prepared planting area.
The planting project will benefit from many hands, though the work will be easy. Planters will simply use a trowel to dig small holes for each plant in prepared planting areas. “Repeat until complete,” Covell said.
Covell said the work will proceed, rain or shine, unless the weather turns dangerous.