Volunteers dig into maintenance at Talley Day Bark Park
By Adam Zewe
Posted Mar 25, 2009 @ 12:55 PM
Brandywine Hundred, Del. — Twenty-five volunteers and their four-legged friends got dirty at the Talley Day Bark Park in Brandywine Hundred when the people spread mulch throughout the park and the dogs dug their paws and snouts into layers of fresh earth.
The annual spring volunteer mulching was held March 25 and has been a tradition sponsored by New Castle County Councilman Bob Weiner (R-Chatham), along with the annual fall mulching, since the fenced dog park opened its gates in 2002.
The county supplied the mulch from trees it trimmed throughout the county and a good crowd of volunteers came out, despite the Wednesday morning mulching schedule, Weiner said. He moved the mulching from a Saturday to a weekday to avoid overtime for the county employees involved.
Weiner visits the park often with his two Pomeranians, Shayna and Mensch, and the mulching gives people a sense of pride and ownership in a much-loved county park.
A desire to give back brought Claymont resident Peggy Reese out. She grabbed a shovel and began spreading wheelbarrow-fulls of mulch in the center of the fenced park.
Reese joined forces with Brandywine Hundred resident Debbie Walsh, who said she comes to the park once a week to exercise her dogs.
As she upturned a wheelbarrow of heavy, brown mulch onto the ground, Walsh reflected that dog-lovers are great people and the bark park is a great place to come and make friends.
Brandywine Hundred resident Paul Cropper (left) and New Castle County Councilman Bob Weiner (R-Chatham), load mulch into a wagon powered by Cropper's Malamute, Sedna.
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