Friends of Ballard Park is partnering with Newport Daffodillion to plant 2,000 more daffodil bulbs in Ballard Park.   Volunteers are sought to help plant the bulbs on Wednesday, November 11th from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm.

Last October volunteers and professional landscapers planted 19,000 bulbs in the quarry meadow of Ballard Park.  The bulbs planted on Wednesday will line the entrance off of Hazard Road.  Volunteers should bring a small shovel or rake if they have it.  There will also be some on hand they can use.  Jan Slee and JohnHirschboeck from Newport Daffodillion will auger the holes and volunteers simply need to drop the bulbs into the holes and cover them with dirt.  Meet at the Hazard Road entrance.

19,000 Daffodils Bloomed in Ballard Park last April. 2,000 more will be planted on Wednesday, November 11th and the public is encouraged to come help plant them. Photo by Jennifer Carter

Ballard Park celebrated its 25th birthday last week.  On October 30, 1990, Carol C. Ballard donated the thirteen acre site to the City of Newport “for the enjoyment of all Newport’s residents”.  Carol envisioned the site would serve as an outdoor laboratory for area students and a place where the local public could connect with nature.

Friends of Ballard Park formed in 1996 to protect, preserve and promote Ballard Park.  The nonprofit organization worked with representatives from the City of Newport to clean out construction debris, burned out cars, household appliances and other materials from the park.  The meadow was then regraded and sodded.  A one mile trail system was introduced.  Over the years Friends of Ballard Park has hosted events and field trips to encourage the public to visit Ballard Park and to deter negative activities.

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