Youthworks volunteers lend a hand

"It's exciting to see the youth learn about areas they would not see otherwise and to learn about the history and culture of those areas."

A Community Garden for all to enjoy

One of the area's most significant, and noticeable, Youthworks projects has been the improvements to the community garden in North Creek's Ski Bowl Park.

"If it wasn't for them the garden wouldn't be as nice as it is," Garden coordinator Judy Brown said. "We could do big and intensive projects that needed a lot of manpower because we had the ten kids that would come, plus their three supervisors."

Brown noted her pleasure in working with the kids and looks forward to being considered again in 2009.

"They were delightful, they were from all over the place and they talked about their plans. They were excited to be in the Adirondacks and it was just a wonderful experience to work with them," she said.

The volunteers built a trail system through the garden along with an adjacent rock "river bed." In 2009, Brown hopes to focus their attention on garden maintenance and the possibility of developing the waterfall area along Route 28 and Ski Bowl Park.

"When you have that kind of work force you get a lot done," she added.

Anyone interested in Youthworks' services can submit an application located at the Town of Johnsburg Library. The applications are received throughout the year and final projects are approved in June for the summer program.

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