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Published May 28, 2009, 06:36 AM

Arts park needs a few hands to make a garden

While waiting for the necessary funding for a permanent arts park, the Arts Center is once more planning a temporary garden to pretty up the site for residents and visitors. And once again they need the community’s involvement to make it happen.

While waiting for the necessary funding for a permanent arts park, the Arts Center is once more planning a temporary garden to pretty up the site for residents and visitors. And once again they need the community’s involvement to make it happen.

Last year, community groups and businesses had small plots where they could design a garden, plant and maintain it so the site looked good for the 125th Anniversary Celebration in Jamestown. This year Arts Center staff and board decided to try out some of the present landscape design by planting flowers and trees. Pathways of wood chips will meander through the site with a grassy center and picnic tables, also according to the design.

Saturday is planting day and the Arts Center needs volunteers. We can help whether we’re Arts Center members or not. The arts park site is ours — the community’s. It’s going to be a lovely place to wander, eat lunch or simply sit in the sun, even if it’s not a permanent park yet.

The Arts Center should be applauded for wanting the site to be a credit to the community even though there isn’t enough funding to create a permanent setting. Always creative and innovative, the staff and supporters find ways around the lack of funding for projects. But regardless of the innovation, the one thing most needed to make any of their projects work is volunteers. The arts park site is no exception.

From its inception, the arts park has been perceived as belonging to the community. To claim it, we need to dig, plant, haul and water. That’s what will make it ours. Do your part Saturday starting at 10 a.m. And for those who can’t make it Saturday, tending the park through the summer is just as vital.

Call the Arts Center now and volunteer your services.

(Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper’s editorial board)

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