Upgrades could soon be coming to the Angel of Hope memorial garden.

Parks and Recreation Director Darren Dunkle said the department has applied for a grant of sorts to make improvements. Dunkle said the program called CommuniTree, gives city’s a chance to request free trees and shrubs.

Dunkle said the city applied with the intention of making some upgrades to the Angel of Hope garden.

“If we do get everything we asked for in our application, we’ll start doing some landscape work at Angel of Hope,” he said.

Dunkle said even with out the grant, plans are underway to do some sort of renovation to the garden. He said some invasive plants need to be removed.

Large piles of dirt for the All-Abilities Park is currently located near the Angel of Hope. While it may look like something used to build a berm or a permanent feature, Dunkle said the dirt is only temporary.

“It’ll be gone,” Dunkle said. “The contractors wanted some stored on site to see if they would need it.”

Dunkle said when the contractors decide they don’t need the dirt, it will be used at other parks throughout the city with the remaining dirt put into storage.

Eagle Scout Project

With time not on his side, Connor Gisburne made a special appearance at Thursday’s park meeting.

Eagle Scout project presentations traditionally take place at the park board’s regular meeting on the first Thursday of the month. Gisburne, however, was facing some strict deadlines and needed approval from the park board prior to the April 3 meeting.

Gisburne sought the board’s approval to redo the landscaping around the Gazebo at Hillermann Park near Lions Lake.

“Hopefully the new landscaping will allow an already photogenic location to be nicer,” Gisburne said.

Plans presented to the board showed a variety of flowers circling the gazebo. Black-eyed Susans, lilac bloomerangs, nandina firepowers and other plants will be added to the area.

Gisburne said he would be ready to start the project as soon as he got approval from the park board. Once he gets the board’s approval, he can get permission from the Eagle Scout leadership to start the project.

He said he hoped the have the work done as soon as possible, hopefully in time for the Fair.

Gisburne said he didn’t have anyone lined up to continue maintenance on the project once he was finished. Dunkle said he had a few ideas.

“We’ve had some discussions with members of the garden club about some extra volunteer time,” Dunkle said.

The board had no objections and unanimously approved the plan.