By Bonnie Davidson
The Courier 

A Group Effort: Rebuilding Candy Cane Park


Bonnie Davidson / The Courier

NorthWestern Energy and Glasgow volunteers planted trees Aug. 1 at Candy Cane Park and the city cemetery.

Volunteers from NorthWest Energy and from the city of Glasgow came out from Great Falls, Malta and here in Glasgow to help plant trees around town. Some of those trees went to fill in a few areas in the cemetery, and around eight or 10 trees will help fill Candy Cane Park.

Scott Patera explained that the program called Trees Together is a way the NorthWest Energy is helping out communities. He said that this is the third year they've participated in donating trees in South Dakota, Montana and Nebraska. Glasgow received the $5,000 in a grant to purchase the trees. While it purchased much more than just the trees in Candy Cane Park, it helped give the project a boost.

The trees will help shade the sunny area, and the Glasgow Soroptimist Club awarded the city another $4,313 to have the trees watered through a drip system. Now that the drip system is in place, the city will begin to plant grass and put the new equipment in place.

Another grant was awarded to the city to help buy new equipment. Play & Park Structures gave $11,310 to go toward the equipment. The city has already picked out the equipment and is looking to fund the remaining nearly $13,000.

The city is hoping to find enough donations to cover the $5,116 to put in the bark and wood bumper that goes around the equipment.

Glasgow Mayor Becky Erickson said that several groups in the area have shown possible interest in helping out with the park. She also added that later on as the park comes together they will look into thermoplastic coated picnic tables and a designated parking area. Eventually the city would like to make the park ADA accessible with a ramp.

"We're also looking for community support or interest for the schools, artists or parents who might be interested in making new signs," Erickson said.

A total of 50 trees were purchased and will be placed around town. Residents in Glasgow might enjoy some of those trees in the business district, the parks and the cemetery.


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