Parks Garden work needs volunteers in Dover

By LESLIE MODICA Democrat Staff Writer
Friday, October 19, 2007

DOVER — It’s a dirty job, but someone has to do it.

Volunteers from Dover Main Street and the community will be gathering for a “planting party” at the Joe B. Parks Community Garden on Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

Volunteers will meet outside 400 Central Avenue, the Spinelli Building, to spread mulch, break up the ground and kill invasive plants. Joe Parks will also be at the site to talk about design plans.

“We’d love to have some additional volunteers,” said Beth Fischer, who has been leading the project for Main Street.

The City Council passed a resolution in September to rename the Cocheco Riverwalk Public Garden after the well-known horticulturist. Dover Main Street is coordinating work on the garden, which will feature at least 100 plants and three sculptures from Park’s personal garden on Long Hill Road. Parks has designed the park, which will be built entirely by volunteers at no cost to the city.

Fischer said volunteers should dress appropriately and bring work gloves and tools, such as shovels and rakes, if possible.

The event is weather permitting.