June 28, 2016

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Children pack Memorial Park to plant flowers

More than 100 elementary school students planted flowers Wednesday in front of the playground at Memorial Park.

Julia Denman, 8, a second grader; and Victoria Otworth, 7, a first grader at Eliza Northrop Elementary School, smile as they plant flowers Wednesday at Memorial Park in Medina. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

The students, from Eliza Northrop and Sidney Fenn elementary schools, beautified the park as part of a service project for K-Kids, a youth group sponsored by the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club.

“It dresses up the park for the summer,” said Tom Borror, Breakfast Kiwanis Club president.

He said all the flowers were bought through the Medina County Career Center’s horticultural program.

The club and volunteers built the playground in 1993. The area was oncethe site of a city dump, he said.

The children brought gardening gloves, buckets and spades. Among the flowers planted were petunias, marigolds, impatiens and begonias.

Gwen Craig, 7, a first-grader at Northrop Elementary, said she enjoyed working outside.

“I liked seeing all the pretty flowers,” she said.

“We haven’t gone to a park like this before. We usually stay at the school.”

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.