Volunteers listen to John Storkamp of Nordic Land Services on Saturday, Oct. 16 explain how to battle buckthorn that has invaded Magee Park in Prescott. Photo courtesy of Israel Haas
Magee Park gets spruced up

PRESCOTT – More than 15 volunteers assembled in Magee Park on Saturday, Oct. 16 to clean up garbage and learn about the ecological threats of buckthorn.

They also heard stories from Gordy and Julie Magee about parties and family gatherings that occurred at the site when it was private property decades ago. At that time, it had a pavilion, shooting range and a paved road leading into the valley with enough room for 20 cars to park.

Now it is a public space overgrown with buckthorn that needs love and attention to reclaim it from invasive plants like buckthorn. _ The dedicated volunteers comprising the Coulee River Trails collaborative have a lot of love to give and will continue to pursue plans in partnership with the City of Prescott to make Magee Park marvelous once more. Coulee River Trails_is focusing on Magee Park as they explore the possibility of creating a regional trail system in the Prescott area._ The group is seeking feedback about trail use, interests and recreation options in the Prescott community. The survey will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and is available online at_http://bit.ly/3zKufRk. To learn more about the Coulee River Trails collaborative, visit their website at_couleerivertrails.com_or connect with them on Facebook and Instagram._

Submitted by Coulee River Trails

Gordy Magee shares stories from the past during a cleanup event at Magee Park in Prescott, organized by Coulee River Trails. Photo courtesy of Israel Haas

Volunteers, including this young lady, pulled up buckthorn saplings by the roots and stacked them for removal at a Magee Park clean-up event in Prescott on Saturday, Oct. 16.Photo courtesy of Israel Haas

One of several piles of garbage collected from Magee Park by volunteers with Coulee River Trails on Saturday, Oct. 16.Photo courtesy of Israel Haas

October 27, 2021