A TEAM of nearly 30 Durand residents, Durand City Council members, city employees and varsity football players from Durand High School gathered in the rain on Saturday morning, June 9 to plant a variety of trees and flowers at the city’s newest park, which is being developed south of E. Main Street between Hagle and Railroad streets in downtown Durand. Most of the funds needed to create the park are coming from a Canadian National “Americas in Bloom” grant, although several city council member were inspired to donate financially by council member John Matejewski. The group planted roses, daises, crabapple trees and dogwoods, among other species.
New Durand Department of Public Works (DPW) employee Courtney Custer and Durand City Manager Collen O’Toole can be seen planting a crabapple tree near the southern end of the park, while DPW employee Clint Sawyer waits to cover the tree with dirt. Durand football players (from left) Evan Egan, Kyle Winslow and Jake Lockhart, who were accompanied by their coach, Rick Winbigler, can be seen donning gloves as they prepare to move some dirt.
(Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)