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Volunteers Needed for Kids Kingdom II Landscaping

Work will begin in late April.

This article was originally published on March 5, 2012.

Kids Kingdom II will be mechanically complete this spring. It has been determined that the landscaping for the facility will be largely a volunteer effort and the is looking for volunteers to help.

The activities to be accomplished include:

  • Moving the plants to the appropriate location;
  • Amending the soil;
  • Preparing the plants for planting;
  • Removing the ball and excess debris from the 20-plus trees;
  • Taking the shrubs out of pails and loosening the roots;
  • Digging the holes;
  • Planting the trees and shrubs (in total more than 80);
  • Spreading the mulch and watering the plants;
  • Running the "refreshment stand";
  • Ongoing monitoring and watering of the plantings throughout the year.

In addition, the town could use donations for the refreshment stand or financial contributions to pay for some of the trees damaged in the snowstorm last October.

As some of the work will include "heavy lifting," Parks and Rec is asking some men to volunteer to help.

A total of 30 volunteers will be needed and all of the work will be supervised by master gardeners.

Specifics:

Date: Sunday, April 29 (rain date May 6)

Time: Beginning around 9 a.m.

Location: Behind Town Hall

Clothing: Clothes suitable for working in a garden

Tools: Bring your shovels, rakes, hand cultivators, wheels barrels, etc. Please mark them to keep them from being lost.

If you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Deirdra Wallin before March 31 at Deirdra114@yahoo.com.

Conservative Brookfield Resident March 05, 2012 at 06:50 PM
I feel that the question needs to be asked, so I'm going to ask. Has/will the entire $500,000 that was allocated to the Kids Kingdom project be spent on it? Seems like a lot of work will be left for the Brookfield taxpayers (volunteers) if the Town has/will exhaust the entire $500,000. If we're not going to utilize the entire $500,000, how much will be leftover and what will it be used for? I thought when this project was put out to bid, it included everything. Also, concerning the last bullet item "Ongoing monitoring and watering of the plantings throughout the year", wouldn't this become part of the Town's responsibility going forward?
Michael L. Zezza April 27, 2012 at 02:05 PM
I can appreciate folks using the "comment" forum to vent frustration from time to time...but does it have to be time after time? Misspending, budget woes, good calls and bad calls. It's all a part of local politics. I would suggest attending a town meeting or speaking with a local representative so you can get REAL answers from REAL people. I have never responded to a post who's author hides behind a phony name, but enough is enough. The park looks great and like my father did on the first park, I hope to assist in the landscaping detail.
Steven DeVaux April 27, 2012 at 06:30 PM
After the way the parks director and first selectman made disparaging remarks about the lack of qualifications of volunteers last year, it's no wonder there will be a long drought of volunteers in Brookfield.
Michael Gianfranceschi April 28, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Mr. Zezza, I too spent many hours working on the firist park and if I want to vent I will. As I said on this forum many months ago, who gets money for a project then puts them out to bid? That happened here and because of that the demolition and removal of the debris was done by town workers, how much was that? Benches and picnic tables were asked to be donated to the tune of 700 and 1200 dollars. And now the landscaping is being asked tobe done by voluteers when originally voluteers were not wanted.. And finally, wasn't this supposed to be done last fall? Don't give me any crap about the Oct snowstorm and then it was winter,because I've been working outside in construction for nearly forty years and this is the best winter weather wise I have ever seen.
Conservative Brookfield Resident April 29, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Mr. Zezza, I believe that my questions are legitimate sir. It was of concern to me that the entire Kids Kingdom project was not completed as per price quoted and not on time. Maybe the questions were answered at a Town meeting that I wasn't able to attend, but who conducts business like this? Maybe I'm just a "numbers guy" who is keeping an eye on expenditures like this but as a REAL Brookfield taxpayer, I can say that I was disappointed the job wasn't completed. Hopefully the project will be completed by the volunteers who show up tomorrow. I hope the same thing doesn't happen with the roof project on Huckleberry Hill School! For REAL.

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