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Volunteers Add To Joplin's Butterfly Park

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Cunningham Park will soon be filled with greenery, along with butterflies thanks to generous volunteers. Over 100 volunteers gathered at the park's overlook to plant additional trees, shrubs, and flowers for the "Overlook Butterfly Garden."

The garden was designed by Drury University students after the tornado to help bring a sense of calm to the citizens affected by the 2011 tornado.

"This garden is really our way of helping provide a space for them to continue healing from that tragedy," said Drury student Michael Ligibel. "And to remember the past, but to also move forward with the new future."

"Penciling these structures helps people remember that there were actually houses here," said student Nancy Chikaraishi. "And it helps people remember that there were 8,000 other structures that were demolished from the storm."

161 trees have already been planted at the site to honor the victims killed in the tornado, but officials say with the story of butterflies, it's going to bring a sense of tranquility to the park.

"This butterfly garden...you know the story of the butterfly people...the little kids being protected by the butterfly people during the storm, it's amazing that they would have the same story," said Ric Mayer, of the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The final touches for the garden including a waterfall and fountain will be added in the next couple weeks.

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