Local people, groups pitch in to care for Sandusky parks

SANDUSKY Like children whose parents just can't care for them right now, Sandusky's parks need some
susanmcmillan
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Like children whose parents just can't care for them right now, Sandusky's parks need some foster care.

One of them, Facer Park, has already found its "family," and the city is looking for morecommunity groups to step up and adopt.

Facer Park was swimming in scarlet and gray Thursday evening as members of The Ohio State University Alumni Club of Erie County edged beds, raked mulch and planted geraniums.

"We're always looking for community service projects," chapter president Neill Ann Hancock said.

Facer Park is especially dear to theseBuckeyes' hearts because it is home to the"Path to Freedom" sculpture by board member Susan Schultz.

"It was a community effort to put this sculpture together," Hancock said. "We want it to be beautiful, and right now that's not an easy thing for the city to do with three people."

Because of a deficit and budget cuts, the city at times can make only three people available to maintain 600 acres of land, including parks.

Hancock issued a "Buckeye challenge" for other civic groups to adopt parks. She said workers at the greenhouse told her others have expressed interest.

Alumni Club members will visit Facer Park weekly to keep it clean and manicured.

Jeff Krabill, whose Lake View Condominiums overlook the park, has committed to mowing the grass.

"I'm already mowing it in the back over there," he said. "I might as well do it here. It takes 20 minutes and then I'm done."

About a dozen Buckeyes turned out Thursday, mostly board members.

The city provided plants and mulch, and the volunteers provided equipment and, of course, their labor.

"I'm a part of this community," Brent Gardner said. "And part of being a community is helping out when you can."

Hancock said this project will last at least until it frosts.

"As long as they need us it'll go," she said.