Say goodbye to the root ball park for winter

| November 7, 2013

COSHOCTON – The PARK space, summer home of the world’s first root ball park, is the designated venue for the Second annual Coshocton Crow Homecoming, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. It seems appropriate to take the opportunity to double up and let the party serve as a “last hurrah” for the root ball trees before they leave their cushy bean bag couches and become part of the planted urban forest.

After Nov. 9 the Pomerene Center for the Arts will turn the 19 Root Ball trees over to the Coshocton is Blooming Tree Committee who will work with Coshocton City to see that the trees are planted according to best urban forestry practices. The CIB Tree Committee and Master Gardener Jim Gray played an integral role in the selection of the Root Ball trees ensuring appropriate urban specimens were chosen. Species represented are Zelkova, Hedge Maples, Hackberry, Gingko and Willow Oak.

The Root Ball Park and CIB urban forestry initiative garnered a Special Mention at the annual symposium of America In Bloom, a national organization of which Coshocton is Blooming is an affiliate.

The community is invited to the PARK space to say goodbye to the award winning world’s first root ball park, drink hot crow-co, and sit on the cushy bean bag couches before the root ball bags and all their stuffings are put in storage for the winter. CIB Tree Committee Chair Deb Wallace will be on hand to talk with folks about the trees and plans to amend our urban forest. It’s all free. Come and learn.

This summer’s temporary Root Ball Park was funded by Sheehan Pipeline Construction Co. and WalMart. The project was made possible through the sharing of  time/talent/sweat/equipment by Coshocton, Ridgewood and River View high schools, Coshocton County Career Center, Clary Gardens, The Garden Patch, Coshocton City Street Department, Annin Flag, Auer Ace Hardware, Cabot Lumber, Coshocton Trucking, Hathaway Construction, Jones Metal, MFM, Mark Williams Construction, Shelly Corp., William Albert Excavating, and the Root Ball Park Team–Faithe Arden, Brady Crites, Jim Gray, Donovan Rice, Dominic Schaffer and VAMOS Architects.

The Pomerene Center for the Arts has received an OUR TOWN grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in part to fund Phase II of the Root Ball Park.




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