FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The view is about to get a lot greener for those driving down Rudisill Boulevard.
Neighborhood Association President Jim Sack and about a dozen other volunteers are planting shrubs on this small plot of land where his street intersects Fairfield Avenue.
"The philosophy of this is to carry the beauty of Foster Park all the way up Rudisill to Calhoun Street, the end of the neighborhood so that we can beautify it, we can make it more valuable, more attractive to people who pass through and therefore a better asset for the community," Sack said.
This street corner may not look like much yet, but it’s actually a city park.
Steve McDaniel with Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation is helping the neighborhood use a city grant to develop the sprouting area.
"Having that small little neighborhood lot that has a couple benches, has some shade, and you can come sit down, you can watch the cars drive by, you can read your book or whatever, that’s what makes Fort Wayne great is it has all those different varieties," McDaniel said.
But Saturday's planning projects weren’t just reserved for one street corner.
Volunteers planted 50 trees in McMillen Park alone, and even more throughout the city of Fort Wayne.
"It’s really cool to have that experience to actually plant a tree in the ground, and we plan on coming back next year to see how it’s doing," said Chynna Clemence.
Clemence brought Brayella and Deverlynn to McMillen Park Saturday morning so the girls could make their own imprint on their community.
Lynda Heavrin and Carol Cavell say getting families involved is what makes events like the Great Tree Canopy Comeback so special.
"I had one family say that their children have been doing this for their whole lives, so they’re able to go back to several parks and visit those trees that they’ve planted. They’ve been at quite a few different parks," Heavrin said.
With a roughly 90 percent survival rate of these new trees, families can see the culmination of their work for years to come.
Planting new trees around the city is nothing new for the Parks Department, but they say an added emphasis this year is on removing and replacing invasive species with native Hoosier plants.