It was the fifth Saturday that we had joined others over the past two years to transform some Village property into walkable green space. In the spring of 2015, this property, close to the railroad tracks and to Haines Branch Creek, was heavily flooded after torrential rains. Cornstalks from the adjoining cornfield were clumped throughout the small wooded area. It was really quite a mess!
The first time, we raked a ton of cornstalks into a large composting pile. We also pruned mature wild grape vines, cut downed trees into firewood, and pruned saplings left and right. Grapevines and brush went into a second pile.
Since then, it’s been more of the same … minus the cornstalks. Nearly all downed trees and overgrowth have been cleared. Now, this small wooded area is more like a natural park-like setting.
Why all the fuss? For a number of reasons, I suppose.
- This green space looked really trashy after the flooding.
- The Village had their hands full, dealing with other flooding situations.
- Denton Dollars for Scholars (DDFS) awards scholarships based, in part, upon an applicant’s involvement in his or her community.
- There are fewer organizations and opportunities for young people to be involved with than there were 10 to 15 years ago.
- This green space may one day tie in with the trail system going to Spring Creek Prairie.
- Community service, volunteering, mission work, or whatever you call it looks great on a scholarship application or work resume.
Grace and peace … --Pastor Pat