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Adopt-A-Bed flourishes

Published: Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 8:55 a.m. CST
Brownie Troop 611 in front of the flower bed they ‘adopted’ this year.

CHANNAHON — The Channahon Park District’s Adopt-A-Bed program is a volunteer activity where area volunteer groups “adopt” a flower bed at a park district park location.

The adoptive group is responsible for planting and maintaining the bed during the spring, summer and fall. The Park District provides all planting materials and tools. Volunteer groups only need to provide energy, time and enthusiasm!

This year 18 of the 19 flower beds available were adopted, this is the most beds ever adopted in the 11 years the program has been in place. The volunteers help the park district reduce costs by doing work that would normally be done by the park district staff.

2012 was a very tough year for the flowers. The heat and drought experienced throughout the summer made it challenging for the flowers, as well as those trying to maintain the beds.  Park District staff did provide assistance by watering the flowers this year.

While some flowers beds did not do well, due to the type of flowers used, many flower beds did make it through the summer thanks to all of the efforts by the Adopt-A-Bed volunteers.

2012 participants include Hill, Zdunek, Rayola, Falkner, Raske, Lentz and Peterson families, Junior Girl Scout Troop 955, Barr Tree Care, Daisy Troop 583, PlantLovers, Cub Scout Pack 444 (Dens 4 & 5), Brownie Troop 611, Daisy Troop 514, Brownie Troop 21, Girl Scout Troops 449 and 905, and Minooka Girls Club.

Adopt-A-Bed is designed to encourage community involvement by creating volunteer opportunities for scout troops, individuals, families, church groups, community organizations and businesses.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Bed program, including information on adopting a bed in 2013, please contact Daryl Cole, Superintendent of Park Planning at 815-521-3103 or visit www.channahonpark.org .

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