5th annual ‘Go Green’ movement leads to new educational water garden for community.
MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – For the fifth year in a row, the partnership between Kohl’s Department Stores and Chip’s Landscaping resulted in a new sustainable water feature and garden at the site of the Mechanicville Area Community Services Center (MACSC).
As a new spin on the annual “Go Green” build this year, MACSC not only received a natural sustainable water garden on site, but a unique element for the center providing families and children an outdoor gathering area and educational platform.
The center’s urban setting lacked an engaging green space for children to learn and experience nature hands on. By combining the natural ecosystem of water with gardens, this “kid friendly” space will allow children to see and experience seasons of plant growth and wildlife in their natural habitats. The green space will also provide a backdrop for sensory, inspirational and healing experiences for the many other programs serving all ages at the center.
“We especially hope the children and families discover a new love for nature and gardens through this unique water garden seen and get to experience it every day going forward right in their yard,” says Sue DuBois, project leader and co-owner of Chip’s Landscaping.
This year’s build was also visited by alumni Brian Nealon, CEO of the Wesley Community. The Wesley Community was the site of the first Go Green Build in 2010. Nealon joined the volunteers for lunch to share his stories and update volunteers on the impact of their water garden on the community at large. Volunteers for the build came from Kohl’s Department stores and Chip’s Landscaping. Lunch and a variety of garden materials were donated by many local businesses including Old Bryan Inn, Mullholland Enterprises, Cranesville Stone, Real Bark Mulch, Palette Stone, Northern Nurseries, Dehn’s Flowers, Dyers Nursery, and Kerls Electric.