|Volunteers sharing Desserts|
The physical spaces that make up a park are just spaces without the people to care. And that is where this park earns its accolades and its top place among those glorified parks of the West. The reason why our park matters is because there is a community – our community – that cares about it today. It’s a great responsibility and honor to steward a place that has so much history and a great joy to plan for its future, but it is our stewardship today that provides the enduring connection that is necessary to elevate just any old place into the position of national park.
On Tuesday night, the National Park Service and Mississippi River Fund celebrated the end of a great summer season with one hundred of our most dedicated volunteers. Tirelessly, these faithful men and women devoted tens of thousands of hours collectively this year to maintaining the landscape of the Mississippi, to introducing new audiences to the beauty and majesty of this place, and to teaching school kids the value of this river that runs through the heart of our Twin Cities community.
|Buckthorn busters celebrate a winter haul.|
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