Emily Aune, Head Rhododendron Gardener, shares a moment with Phyllis Hamel on the new park bench.

On Tuesday morning, 15 November, 2022, a celebration was held to dedicate a new park bench in honor of Phyllis Hamel, an local artist and long-time park volunteer, who is still pulling weeds with us at 95 years of age.

It has been a busy fall for volunteers at the park, pulling weeds, digging out ivy and blackberry, and planting new rhododendrons and wildflowers in their respective gardens. With the arrival of fall rain, the soil loosened up enough to make the plantings possible. There will be new things to see this coming spring!