May 6, 2004
Work party, Montpelier park system
This was our third annual work day for the Montpelier parks, and for the first time the sun was shining. It was a beautiful, warm spring day.
We met Geoff Beyer (Director of Parks for Montpelier) in the swimming pool parking lot off Elm Street, where we picked up tools from his truck. Our first task was to eradicate the Japanese knotweed that is so abundant along the banks of the North Branch River. We had fun stomping on the young plants: the aim was to get rid of them while they were still defenseless. It will be interesting to come back in the summer and see if it worked.
After a good hour of this, we headed up the hill in the North Branch Park to reopen an abandoned trail. This kept us busy until mid-afternoon. We raked leaves and twigs off the trail, dug drainage ditches, pulled up invasive honeysuckle, brushed in side trails, and installed a culvert.
All in all, we accomplished quite a bit -- and managed to give something back to the wonderful Montpelier parks that we enjoy year round.