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 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.
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