The walking path a Constitution Park in Roosevelt City just got a little bit more beautiful. The Roosevelt Rotary and Interact clubs spent the morning of Saturday, May 18, planting 46 new trees along the path the east side of the path.
“The plan is to do it in phases. This piece was phase one,” said Nancy West, President Elect of the Roosevelt Rotary Club. “Phase two will be to plan trees on the south end, and phase three will be the west side. We started at the end of the path and are working our way around.”
The Rotary and Interact clubs didn’t just donate their time to plant the trees. They also donated the trees themselves. They planted four varieties of leafy trees: Canadian Reds, Honey Locusts, Flowering Pears and Maples.
“The main purpose of this was shade,” said West. “It gets pretty hot up there in the summer.”
Polly Karren and Nancy West of Rotary, and Madi Snow of Interact, worked with Roosevelt City officials and Allred’s Yard and Garden to plan and design the project. In addition to the trees along the path, they also created two “pull-out” sections where metal benches will be placed among the trees to create a spot to sit, rest, and enjoy the park. The benches will be donated by several young men as part of their Eagle Scout projects.
“in the year that I’ve been with the city, we’ve received several comments from our residents that they’d love to see more landscaping along the walking path,” said LeeNichole Marett, Public Information Officer for Roosevelt City. “It’s great that the Rotary and Interact clubs wanted to get involved and make that happen. The new trees will provide shade and beauty for years to come.”
The clubs reached out to other community members to help make the project happen. They wish to thank Encana, Allred’s Yard and Garden, the Uintah Basin Faith-Based Recovery Center, Dustin Glines and Brent Fenn of the Roosevelt City Parks Department, Dale “Rock” Rasmussen, and Lanny Ross for their help.
The Rotary Club has a long history of service in the Roosevelt community. They host the Enchanted Forest fundraiser each year, sponsor the Coats for Kids drive, and donate dictionaries to all Roosevelt City third graders. They also make many other small donations and conduct service projects like this one to better the community.
“Rotary’s motto is ‘service before self,’” West said. “That’s really the focus for everything we do.”
The Interact Club is open to teens ages 14-18 and aims to get them involved in community service from a young age. The Rotary Club is open to adults who are passionate about service. For more information about Rotary, contact Nancy West at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Interact, contact Carrie Wallace at email@example.com.
Photo courtesy of Mikelle Despain.