Medina Lions, Scouts clean up park near lift bridge

Photos courtesy of Alicia Vanderwalker: Boy Scouts in Troops 28, 35 and Cub Scouts in Pack 35 pose around the apple in Lions Park along the Erie Canal, where they were clearing debris, raking and cleaning up on Saturday morning.

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 1 May 2021 at 8:58 pm

MEDINA – Cleaning up their community is part of the program for Medina Lions and local Cub and Boy Scout groups.

For more than 20 years, the groups have participated in a cleanup day in Lions Park, near the lift bridge in Medina.

Don Colquhoun has organized the Lions’ efforts for 25 years, he said this morning, while Frank Berger with the Boy Scouts Iroquois Trail Council has organized participation of Cub and Boy Scouts.

Scouts spread mulch under the shrubs in Lions Park Saturday morning, as part of United Way’s Day of Caring on Friday, when they couldn’t participate. In the background, Tim Winters uses the lawn tractor to bring in the mulch.

The day was an extension of United Way’s Day of Caring on Friday, when a dozen or so of the youth and volunteers couldn’t attend, and a celebration of Earth Day, which was April 22. Scouts pledge to “Keep America Beautiful,” and efforts like this help them achieve that goal.

Colquhoun issued a special thanks to Sons of the American Revolution Squadron 204 who did their part by previously cleaning up the south side of the canal from the American Legion on North Main Street to Bates Road. They landscaped, mulched and picked up trash along the way, he said.

Photos by Ginny Kropf: Charlene Walsh, a member of Medina Lions, rakes along the bank in Lions Park this morning.

Don Colquhoun, organizer of the Medina Lions’ cleanup efforts on the canal bank and Lions Park, carries a box of supplies to volunteers cleaning up the grounds this morning.