MEDINA — There was a flurry of activity as more than 150 kids scrambled to plant flowers and spread mulch at Memorial Park’s JUMP playground Tuesday afternoon.
“We have 28 flats of flowers and they will have them planted and mulched in about 15 minutes,” said Tom Borror of Medina Breakfast Kiwanis. “It is amazing to watch.”
Borror said elementary-aged students who participate in the club’s K-Kids group meet at the playground every year to plant flowers and spread mulch.
“It is just dressing up the community and making it look good. We do a lot of things with children,” Kiwanis club President Ray Fain, 70, said. “Our mission is to help children all over the world.”
Members of the Medina County Career Center Key Club were on hand to help position the flowers around the flower beds in preparation for the kids to plant them.
“We love getting active in our community. We go to the Achievement Center sometimes and help with dances, and we just love interacting with the youth of Medina County,” Key Club member Whitney Wilson, 17, said.
Northrop Elementary fourth-graders Raymond Harris, Dragan Bush and Emmett Dietshe tackled the project as a trio.
“It is very fun planting flowers,” Raymond said.
Originally built from contributions by the Kiwanis Club and other local organizations, the playground initially was maintained by the Kiwanis before the city parks department took over.
Kiwanis International President Alan Penn said maintaining the park has been a joint effort between the Kiwanis and the city.
“We’d put down the wood chips and put down the mulch and then we would stain all the wood,” he said. “We would do that every year and the city decided they would take it over because of liability reasons.”
Tuesday’s flowers were donated by the Kiwanis, while the mulch was provided by the parks department.
Penn said Medina is the only community in the world to be home to four different Kiwanis clubs, which includes the breakfast club, noon club, evening club and an internet-based club.
The four clubs came together to fund the snack bar at Memorial Pool, which opened last year.
“That was another part of our investment to this part of the city,” Penn said.
Fain said that despite his age, it still feels good being able to give back to the community and provide a nice event for the kids.
“It is a give-back. You have to give what God gives you,” he said. “You have to give back. As long as I can, I will.”