Rotary Club plants trees for Metro Parks
The Amherst Rotary Club donated and planted 15 trees on the new Beaver Creek Trail Extension on May 16.
During a tree planting ceremony, Amherst Rotary Club President Kathryn Gambish said the donation was part of an initiative from Rotary International and local branches were encouraged to donate as many trees as members in their respective branches.
As Amherst Rotary has 30 members, Gambish said the Rotary Club is working with the city of Amherst to donate an additional 15 trees to enhance a reservoir project off of North Main Street.
Don Kasych, planning supervisor for the Lorain County Metro Parks, instructed volunteers on how to properly plant the trees into the ground with the care they need.
“Most of these trees are grown in Lake County along Lake Erie itself,” Kasych said. “It’s very sandy soil, so the balls themselves are going to be very, very sandy.”
“It’s really not simple. Trees are very hearty. It takes a lot of trying to really kill it. But there is some care involved with it.”
The trees were a combination of oaks and hop hornbeam and were purchased from Lake County Nursery in Perry, Ohio, Kasych said.
Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik said the organization welcomed the partnership with Amherst Rotary Club as part of an ongoing effort to add trees to parks.
Ziemnik said it was the second major project following a similar tree planting in Cascade Park in Elyria in collaboration with the Elyria Rotary Club.
“There was an initiative by Rotary to plant trees because Rotary has always historically done that,” he said. “So because of our relationships between Rotary and Metro Parks throughout the county, those Rotaries who felt they wanted to work together with us, we provided opportunities to put some trees in our parks.”
With Metro Parks maintaining relationships among many regional nurseries, the project was an opportunity to take advantage of some good timing and to brighten up the trail.
Ziemnik said the master plan always envisioned adding trees to the area, but the Rotary Club’s initiative was an example of taking advantage of opportunities when they arise.
“It’s kind of what we do at the Metro Parks,” he said. “We kind of pride ourselves on partnerships and relationships with others for the greater good of the community.”
Lorain County Metro Parks Director Jim Ziemnik, left, plants a tree at the Amherst Beaver Creek Trail Extension behind the Mercy Health and Recreation Center at 47160 Hollstein Drive in Amherst on May 16. The 15 trees were donated by the Amherst Rotary Club as part of an initiative by Rotary International. The Rotary Club is working with the city of Amherst to donate an additional 15 trees as part of a reservoir project on North Main Street currently in development.