The Friends of Grant Park hosted our popular Trek ‘n Treat event on Sunday, Oct. 10th, from 1 to 4 pm. We had about 230 costumed vampires, princesses and super heroes participate along with their families. Candy treats, apples, popcorn and cider were available. Tiny pumpkins were painted by some to take home. Everyone had fun, until it rained. Nature is always in charge.
The family-friendly educational event was a Halloween-themed nature walk through the Seven Bridges trails, starting out from Area 5 parking lot. “View the haunts of nature” in the 7 Bridges area, learn about the forest and get treats!
We had special help from the following individuals: Brooke Gilley, Emilie Hund Burmeister, Rita Flores Wiskowski, Carla Uphill, Mike Minter, Lois Schreiter and friend, Eunice Beckendorf.
Student volunteers were plentiful, thanks to: Stephanie Broussard, St. John’s Brookfield; Darla Wack, SM Leo Club; Elizabeth Biskobing, SM National Honor Society; and Laura Krause, Oak Creek High School National Honor Society.
On Saturday, Sept. 11th, the Friends of Grant Park held a beach clean up in partnership with Alliance for the Great Lakes.
The weather was breezy and comfortable that morning, heating up considerably after the noon hour. Volunteers had to navigate through the course of several hundred cross country runners that morning who were competing with regional competitors in the park at the same time as our beach clean-up. Traffic was congested, parking was tight, but still a small group of intrepid volunteers found their way to our clean-up table to do their duty for the park. Thank you for your perseverance!
On Aug. 24th, several FOGP members traveled to the Root and Pike River watershed to tour restoration areas and improvements made over the last 20 years by the Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network (Root-Pike WIN). Our guide, Bill Sasse, a new member of FOGP, is a board member and former president with Root-Pike WIN. Since we are setting aside a significant portion of our fundraising money to fix erosion of a slope above a bridge in Grant Park, we thought we should see what Root-Pike WIN has accomplished. We toured a restored prairie in Pritchard Park; a stream restoration and bike path in Mount Pleasant; and a regenerative storm water conveyance in Kenosha filtering runoff from farmers soybean fields into the Pike River. Our last stop was the restoration at Petrifying Springs Park to view the refreshing clean waters of the Pike River stream flowing past a pavilion with graduated stone embankments to minimize erosion. Did I mention it was 94º with high humidity on Aug. 24th?
Root-Pike WIN has tirelessly partnered with federal, state, county, corporate and community partners to address the task before them. Layer after layer of planning, engineering, permitting, land acquisition, and construction, along with volunteers following up with planting prairie seed mixtures and removal of invasive species has resulted in a greener, cleaner watershed that benefits our rivers and our communities.
Thank you to Bill Sasse, and all the volunteers and partners of Root-Pike WIN for their accomplishments and a job very well done. Now it’s our turn to roll up our sleeves for the Oak Creek Watershed.