Ribbon cutting held for pollinator path

A ribbon cutting for a new Pollinator Path in Blackwell Park was hosted by the Sierra Club Winding Waters Group Friday at the park.

The Sierra Club Winding Waters Group has nurtured a special team of volunteers that care about the decline of pollinator insects and other wildlife in our ecosystem. In 2018, they formed a Pollinator Protector Team and since then have offered an annual native plant sale and have donated and installed native plant beds in our community.

Last year, Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority helped our group to raise funds for a new Pollinator Path with donors from our community and a matching grant for a total of $15,000. Over the past two years, native plant beds have been designed and installed by the Pollinator Protector Team and many organizations and city and county partners from our community have contributed to the creation of the Columbus AirPark Pollinator Path on the People Trail.

The ribbon cutting allowed those attending to continue on the path to enjoy the new native beds continuing to the Propeller Makerspace in the Columbus AirPark.

A guided tour ws provided along with a reception with food and drinks at Propeller Makerspace.

The Indiana Wildlife Federation has designated the Pollinator Path as a sustainable trail, meaning this urban trail adds value to the ecosystem because it offers support to insects and wildlife by providing food, water and shelter as well as host plants for the life cycles of insects that need native plants to survive.

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