Volunteers bring Grand Lake’s Point Park back to original glory
May 12, 2009
The weather was favorable, the coffee was flowing and community volunteers were in good spirits Saturday as Point Park transformed from a tree-starved scape to a promising and picturesque park once again.
Barbara Leutwiler, Point Park’s neighbor whose personal ties with the land trace back to girlhood when her father owned the canal side of the property, busily took photos and cheered on volunteers.
Her campaign to restore the Grand Lake park was happening before her eyes.
“It’s been a labor of love,” she said.
Friends of Point Park, a 501(c)3 she assembled with help from friends last fall, raised $8,000 in money for trees, she said.
On Saturday, 24 healthy Colorado blue spruces and Engelmann spruces were propped up in their new permanent homes.
The U.S. Forest Service, Sulphur Ranger District, donated $3,000-worth of lodgepole pine seedlings, which augmented the efforts of the community campaign.
Into the afternoon, volunteers dug holes and properly planted each tree.
The Town of Grand Lake offered to take over tree management by keeping trees watered into the summer.
In all, 84 new trees now cover the lakeside terrain, a place that for years has created wedding, fishing, picnicking and view-admiring memories for residents and visitors of Grand Lake.
– Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.