MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City Shade Tree Commission will dedicate the Chester-Shock Park on Friday in celebration of the first mini-park upgrade.
Jim Brown, commission member, told Mount Vernon City Council there has been tremendous community support to build the pavilion, install electricity and a new sidewalk and the new steel archway which is expected to go up this afternoon.
He said most contractors offered considerable discounts and the majority of the labor has been performed by students from four different classes at the Knox County Career Center. The students will be honored during Friday’s dedication which will start at 1 p.m.
Commission Chairwoman Sharon Fair stated that 89 trees have been planted since fall of 2010. The commission is now on Facebook and has its own website, www.shadetreecommission.com.
The next mini-park project will either be the park area on Gambier Street or Five Points Park at Wooster Road and North Main Street. Fair said a new park is projected for completion about every 18 months. Not only will this co-incide with available funding but it will also work with the student schedules at the KCCC.
The commission also anticipates conducting a tree inventory later in the year.