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Edible landscape planned for Melfort parks

Imagine a perfect day playing at a local park. Running around, going down slides, reaching new heights on the swing or rolling down hills takes a lot of energy.
Fresh fruits are a good source of energy and the local Partners to End Poverty organization are looking to combine fruits with parks.
They will be setting up edible landscaping at some parks around the city, planting some apple trees.
“The idea is that through the edible landscape children and families will be able to freely access fresh fruit from the local public park,” said Tim Onsrud a coordinator with Partners to End Poverty.
“The trees also enhance the beauty and variety of the landscape so we like to think it’s a win-win. That everyone gets something good out of it.”
Exactly which parks and where they would go in the play areas was yet to be determined at deadline, but he had some preferences.
After checking out some of the playgrounds with new director of community services Ryan Danberg, Onsrud had some ideas.
“The Maude Burke (playground) and the Stovel Ave one would be really great to have the trees in.”
The program comes to Melfort after growing into a successful in Nipawin for the past couple of years.
Although he knows the trees will be successful in Melfort he understands some residents’ skepticism.
“I think  the response is better when they are actually bearing fruit. They like the idea of it, once you and go  by, grab some fruit and pop it in your mouth it’s better than just using your imagination,” he said.
Helping the programs grow is the partnerships the Partners to End Poverty has with other groups including the City of Melfort, the Melfort Kinsmen and a group called Ecofriendly Sask.
“None of it works without the partners so thanks to the City and the Kinsmen.”
The local Kinsmen Club donated $250 to the project.
“”We’re really happy to be able to contribute and give back to the community like this,” said Dave Baker, the past president of the Melfort Kinsmen Club.

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