The building was complete and the exterior paint was drying, but the site of the new worship center in Grundy County still needed some curb appeal. On Wednesday, May 31 and Saturday, June 3, volunteers spent hours preparing the soil, laying down sod, planting plants, and putting in landscaping rock. The result was the finishing touch the new building needed.
“We had a great group of volunteers!” shared Mark Kuiper, a landscape architect who led the project. “So many people came and went, all with different backgrounds and skill sets. Everyone just jumped in wherever the work needed to be done.”
Over twenty signed up to help with this project, but several more just showed up to work. “The weather these days was very hot and humid and the staff had to continually remind all the volunteers to drink water because everyone was actively working hard,” continued Mark.
Many people went above and beyond to help with the project:
- A volunteer gave us the use of a skid loader to install 55 tons of landscape rock
- Volunteers installed 3500 square feet of weed barrier fabric, 300 feet of steel lawn edging, and 8200 square feet of sod\
- Others coordinated plant donations, caring for them until planted
- A local contractor gave landscape materials for cost and donated equipment to help install steel edging and the use of a tractor to prepare the soil and spray weeds
- Many have donated time to water the sod and plants in the weeks following
The day ended with an attempt to water 8200 square feet of sod in the hot sun. “We were reaching a crisis point trying to water from the church hose connections, but one volunteer saved the day by bringing a semi with huge water tanks to prevent any of it from dying.” said Mark.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this a beautiful and welcoming outdoor space!