Nineteen trees were planted in the Dysart City Park on October 27th in an effort to replace the trees that were destroyed in the windstorm of July 2011. Despite the cold fall weather, community volunteers, families, members of the Zion Lutheran Church Youth Group, the Little Knights Youth Football League, the Monroe Happy Hustlers 4-H Club, as well as the the local Tree Board gathered to plant the trees.
The trees planted will replace almost half of the park trees that were destroyed in the storm. The Dysart Tree board chose a wide variety of tree species, designed to add interest and diversity to the park.
Eight of the trees were memorial trees and many of the families were on hand to plant each tree in memory of a family member. Two trees were provided by the Little Knights Youth Football League and one was provided by the Monroe Happy Hustlers 4-H Club.
Some of the volunteers who helped out with tree planting last week are (L to R): Jacob Lowe, Noah Garwood, Neda Dacic (an exchange student from Montenegro), Brock Hadachek, Zach Winkelpleck, Michael Ahrendsen, Lane Hennings and Kendall Putz. These were the younger volunteers that showed up to help keep Dysart a beautiful and tree-rich city!
The remainder of the trees were made possible by a grant from the Trees Forever/Branching Out Program, which is funded by Alliant Energy, and also by contributions made by Tom and Eunice Pingenot of John's Qwik Stop.
The Tree Board greatly appreciated everyone who helped make the City Park Planting Day a very special day in the history of the Dysart community.