A year ago, the Grimes Tree Board worked together to plant trees at the Grimes Sports Complex. Working among themselves, it took them the whole two hours to get the work done, but this year, with around 20 volunteers, they were able to plant 30 trees in just over an hour.


This year the Tree Board planted trees at the North Sports Complex on Northwest 27th Street on Saturday, April 28, Arbor Day, to help provide shade for spectators and participants who are taking a rest between games and activities.


Grimes Tree Board Chair, Lee Goldsmith said it was “rewarding” to have so many volunteers this year.


“I think it kind of renews your hope that these events are going to go well and be well-received,” Goldsmith said.


This year, the Tree Board and the City of Grimes got the word out about the event through social media, the city’s website and in the mailer that is sent to residents in the water bill each month. She said that they specifically recruited the families and the children that use the that sports complex and would like to have the shade at the park.


Howard Hewlett, who volunteered at the event with his wife, Lori, and two sons, Zachary and Andrew, said that he heard about the event in the mailer that came with his water bill. He said he wanted to take the chance to help out with something important in the community.


“When you buy a home and you move to a community, you want to make it your own, and… doing things like this is walking the walk, not just talking the talk,” Howard said.


Howard and Lori are both teachers and have lived in Grimes for about six years. Howard said that he was surprised by how many people turned up to help out at the event.


“We were thinking the four of us might be half of the contingent,” Howard said. “Then we get here and we see the parking lot and were like ‘whoa.’ That was pretty cool.”


Goldsmith said that they were approached by the City and specifically asked to plant shade trees in the park.


“So that’s what we focused on (shade trees),” Goldsmith said. “It’s not so much pretty, flowering trees, nothing like that’s in the mix. Very big, stately trees, things that are going to provide shade for kids who are, you know, they’re resting, regrouping, some shade along the fields and for parents and spectators who are watching.”


In total, the Grimes Tree Board planted 39 trees at the complex, as nine bigger trees were planted a week before. Remember to check out a photo gallery from the event on www.adelnews.com.