This year’s Earth Day prompted more than just park maintenance parties. Police officers and city planning department staff held a small ribbon cutting ceremony April 20 to celebrate the end of a volunteer landscaping project.
For a period of two months, groups of city workers took turns during their individual work days to move dirt and plant an assortment of lilacs, lilies, pansies, seasonal grasses and other plants to clean up the entrance to the Police Department.
“We really appreciate the police department and thought there must be some physical project we could do,” planning director Joe Tovar said. “We wanted to do something that would be the most visible and do the most good.”
Each year, the planning department chooses a site for a beautification project, Tovar said. Although most of the planning department staff involved were not used to doing field work, groups may return in the fall to plant more seasonal vegetation.
“It’s beautiful,” Sergeant Katie Larson said. “We watched them all work very hard and all the officers are very happy.”
Following the ribbon cutting by Tovar and Larson, officers and planning department staff enjoyed croissants and juice before returning to their usual work day.