LACONIA — Each year the Parks and Recreation Departments tends 56,000 square feet — an acre-and-a-quarter — of flower and shrubbery beds and borders scattered all across the city, some of which have been adopted by individuals, clubs and businesses while others remain in the foster care of the department.
"We want to encourage more people to take ownership of their beautiful city by participating in our Adopt-a-Spot program," said Amy Lovisek.
She said that a sign placed on each spot designates those — the person or firm — who have contributed their time, energy and resources to caring for it. At the end of the growing season, the finest spots in different categories are honored with awards.
There are almost three dozen spots open for adoption around the city, including beds in city parks, traffic islands and at municipal buildings, which can be found on the Parks and Recreation Department's website.
Spots need planting, watering, fertilizing, mulching, pruning, deadheading and weeding. Some but not all have access to water. Lovisek stressed that those adopting a spot should be prepared to garden throughout the season and, if they wish, to plant mums in the fall.
"We want the city to look beautiful," she said, "not neglected."
For more information call 524-5046 or click complete and submit the form on the department's website at http://www.city.laconia.nh.us/index.php/departments/parks-inside.
– Michael Kitch
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