FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) -- Fox Island County Park is planting new life on their property this weekend after it was destroyed by last year's derecho.
They say the recovery couldn't happen without community volunteers.
The park lost thousands of trees during the storm and, until this point, they have not allowed volunteers on the property to help them clean up because of the safety risk.
However, Park and Education Manager Natalie Haley says they've finally cleaned up enough of the debris to let other people on the property.
They and community volunteers will working together on Saturday to plant 7,100 baby trees.
"It's really been encouraging looking at the forest floor that I already see trees sprouting like tulip trees and of course paw paw trees are coming back up," Haley said.
She says deer often eat up the seeds, so they're planting baby trees instead.
They do plan to over-plant just in case, though.
So far they have about 40 volunteers signed up, but they say they'll take as many helping hands as they can get.
They just ask that for any kids who come, there be adults to supervise.
To sign up to volunteer, visit AllenCountyParks.org.