City, volunteers add 13 trees at Westside Center

       About 20 volunteers helped two City Forestry workers plant 13 trees at the Westside Community Center Oct. 12.

Kent Jenkins (back to camera), a technician with Colorado Springs Parks' Forestry Division, leads volunteers in planting trees along the 17th Street parkway outside the Westside Community Center Oct. 12. A total of 13 were planted, with more to be added in the spring, along with an underground irrigation system.
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       The 1½-hour morning project continued the implementation of the development plan that the city had approved for the exterior of the former school property a year after making it a community center in 2009.
       Some of the volunteers were from the neighborhood, with most of them from Woodmen Valley Chapel, which runs the center through its ACTS (A Call to Serve) program. Frank Shoptaugh, who organized the Woodmen volunteers, said that people involved with ACTS agree to serve the community at least three hours a month.
       Most of the trees, about 6 feet in height, were planted on the parkway around the block-sized parcel that's bordered by 16th, 17th, Platte and Bijou, with a few going in near the playground. The holes had been pre-dug by a city Bobcat machine, according to Kent Jenkins of Forestry.
       Kim King of City Parks, who helped organize the workday, said she expects there to be another planting day in the spring “after the irrigation system is installed.” In the meantime, the new trees (all deciduous) are to be hand-watered periodically by a city truck.
       The development plan also includes calls for a community garden (done), parking improvements (partially accomplished), additional landscaping and bike racks.

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