Roughly 90 Volunteers Help Weed Klode for the 4th of July
Community organizations rallied around the effort to beautify Klode Park in a natural way before the big Fourth of July celebration coming up Wednesday.
Pulling weeds is not the most exciting way to spend a Saturday morning, but for about 90 Whitefish Bay residents, the Klode Park Weed Out event was time and energy well spent.
Whitefish Bay Garden Club President Nancy Sturino organized the event, calling on organizations from across the village – everyone from scouts to schools to the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation – to help beautify the park in a natural way before the big Fourth of July celebration coming up Wednesday.
Sturino said the effort shows the community will step up to the plate to eliminate weeds in public parks without the use of pesticides.
"People are excited about the experiment to keep pesticides out of Klode, so they were willing to take a Saturday morning and help out," Sturino said.
The grass in the lawn area of the park was too dry to weed, so volunteers mainly focused on shrub beds, flower beds and other mulched areas.
After the Weed Out, the volunteers relaxed with watermelon and water on the picnic benches. Participants were entered into a drawing to win a wide assortment of prizes donated by businesses on Silver Spring Drive.
Participating businesses include Three Wishes Gifts, Fox Bay Cinema and Grill, Regina's Bay Bakery, CVS, Placesetters, Thiet Jewelers, Haase's Hair Emporium, Cutting Group, Starbucks, Winkie's, Red Cap Luggage and Gifts, Duero's Custom Cut and Minoan Intimate Apparel.