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Volunteers prepare Cunningham Park's butterfly garden for winter

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The Joplin Parks & Recreation Department prepares Cunningham Park for the change in seasons. 

Volunteers gathered at the park this morning to prepare the butterfly garden and new park trees for cold temperatures. 

They replaced mulch underneath the grass plots and fertilized the plants.

Volunteers also tended to the 161 trees planted throughout the park, each one honoring a life lost in the 2011 tornado in Joplin.

Organizers say maintaining the park is important to many in the community.

"When I work out here, people come through that are from way out of state," said Sara Fisher, gardener. "It's just a good reminder and it's very healing. I've had a number of people that were involved in the tornado come up and thank us for working out here and making it so beautiful."

"It's a nice area to come and remember, but also know that we're looking toward the future," said Mike McDaniel, arborist.

The Joplin Parks & Recreation Department plans to have another volunteer work day at Cunningham Park in early spring once winter comes to an end.
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