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Volunteers Help Revitalize Stamford's park

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Stamford, CT | Added on December 22, 2013 At 12:47 AM

Students and volunteers teamed up with members of the Mill River Collaborative on Saturday to remove dozens of tree stakes in and around Mill River Park.  

On the third Saturday of every month volunteers have the chance to join the collaborative in its efforts in revitalizing the park which opened in May of 2013. The program's outreach director Alex Domeyko says the stakes are being removed all in perfect timing. 

"All the tree stakes that were in all the trees that were recently planted," said program and outreach associate Alex Domeyko. "A lot of these trees are very young so they had stakes in them when they were planted to keep them from falling over during storms and things like that."

Domeyko says it's a way for Stamford Public School students help in preserving the park, while clocking in their 10 required hours of community service.  

"It represents Stamford," said Stamford High School senior Giulio Ricciaidi. "When people come here they see a nice park, it's a good image of Stamford." 

"We had to pull them out of the hole," said Demarcus Bennett. "It was very had because we had to wiggle them all. They had water in them so they were very very hard to pull out." 

The park is home to about 300 different trees of various species and includes the largest cherry tree grove in New England. 

"Mill River collaborative is a non-profit organization," said Domeyko. "So we're a public-private partnership with the city so a lot of the help that we get is from folks in the city, so they've really built this park."

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