Over the years, the Parks Department has created holiday trees from pallet wood, honeysuckle spindle trees, snowmen, and Grinch, carolers, and North Pole silhouettes. All creations are made in-house by the Parks Department, but this year they had help from the Rotary Club during Make a Difference Day. Volunteers spent that day painting dead trees and sticks. The small dead trees were saved from removals throughout the year. With a paint cabinet bursting at the seams, the volunteers came up with bright colors to adorn the displays. Branches from the viburnum bushes around 44/Elm have also been collected and painted and now adorn the many holiday containers around town. Some of the evergreens used in the containers were harvested from removals in the parks.
“The greatest compliment to our efforts is when we see other versions of our creations by citizens, around town,” said Steingruby. “We hope that the decorations/creations continue to spark ingenuity throughout the City of Webster Groves and that they highlight the importance of completely utilizing all of our resources’ potential, and extending their lifecycles beyond the norm.”