By bike and shuttle bus, alone and in big groups, people streamed into the park for National Public Lands Day.The numbers are impressive: 168 volunteers planted 100 trees, 350 shrubs and 1,100 native prairie plants. But numbers can’t tell the true story.
National Public Lands Day is about people – people willing to pick up shovels, haul mulch, and get their gloves dirty.
They came to plant a grove of trees they donated in honor of Bob Gospeter, who died in February at age 91. Bob worked for the Bureau of Mines for decades. He and Mary and their two daughters lived at Coldwater in old red brick engineer’s house from 1949 to 1951. Bob oversaw moving an Iron Range building to Coldwater where it served as the Bureau’s library.Today, in place of the library sits a wetland surrounded by an oak grove. Bob’s family planted more trees and shrubs around that wetland, strengthening their roots to this place. Bob’s daughter, Mary, says she’ll keep coming back to Coldwater to water the trees.
Whether you volunteer every week like the crew or once a year for
NPLD, you are one of the people of the park. We hope you’ll keep coming back, to visit your trees and shrubs and grasses. Stop by to soak in fall colors, and spy a butterfly. Come back to Coldwater in every season, to walk and play. What makes a park? People make a park.