Greenfield Energy Park workday set for Saturday afternoon

GREENFIELD — Local Energy Park lovers have been invited to join efforts at the downtown park on Saturday between 1 and 4 p.m. for its annual fall work day.

This year, the major project will be to work on the “kids hill” next to the wooden train, which was built several years ago. Skada Geloi, an experienced gardener and graduate of UMass Landscape Design program, will be leading this effort.

“The kids hill is one of the most-used areas of the park, so it needs sprucing up,” said Geloi. “It will be a great family project. We will be pulling up weeds and planting new plants in preparation for spring.”

The Energy Park, at the end of Miles Street, now 12 years old, has become a well-known summer entertainment venue with free Thursday Coop Concerts, special weekend concerts of folk rock and classical music, private parties, and community celebrations. It is also known for its educational displays and unique native plantings that do not need summer watering or fertilizer.

Although the plantings will never be 100 percent native, after many donations from the New England Wildflower Society’s Nasami Farm in Whately, Magic Wings butterfly conservatory in Deerfield, the Kiwanians, and individuals, the park attracts native bees and butterflies to the delight of visitors.

People of all ages are invited. Tools will be provided, but people are invited to bring their favorite work gloves, rakes, shovels, hoes, pruners, or buckets, if they have them.

For more information on the work day call 774-5667.

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