West Delaware Seniors Help Manchester Replace Ash Trees

A group of West Delaware seniors helped the City replace a number of Ash trees in one Manchester park Wednesday morning.

If you’ve driven by Baum Park lately, you may have noticed it’s a little bare… the large, majestic Ash trees are gone. City Parks and Rec Director Doug Foley says they removed the trees due to the threat of the Emerald Ash Borer, an invasive insect that is killing Ash trees across the country.

The Ash trees have been replaced with a variety of young trees, including Oaks, Lindens, Eastern Redbuds and Crabapples. Patty Reisinger, field coordinator from Trees Forever, was on hand Wednesday to help enter the trees into a new GPS data-entry system after they had been planted. The system is called Open Tree Map and it allows anyone to track newly-planted trees that are funded by utilities programs.

Click here to find the Open Tree Map: https://www.opentreemap.org/treesforever/map/. Reisinger says having help from the students made the project go quickly.

A group of about twenty senior boys helped plant the trees as part of West Delaware’s Senior Service Day. And while many have volunteered in their community before, some students, like Tanner Wessels, were planting a tree for the first time.

Senior Troy Monaghan says it was a good feeling to be able to give back to the community they’ve grown up in.

Along with planting trees at Baum Park, the West Delaware seniors also helped out with small projects at Tirrill Park, the Beckman Complex, the Tree Nursery and the Manchester Fire Station – and a group of seniors even sang for residents at the Good Neighbor Home.

(photos by Janelle Tucker, KMCH)