Sakura Tree Care Event – Saturday March 27 – Ault Park
We are so pleased to report that more than 40 people attended our Sakura Grove Beautification event on Saturday, March 27, at Ault Park — the largest number of volunteers for this event in the past 10 years, according to Tokiko Freeman, event organizer and longtime friend of the JASGC. A number of JASGC and JACL (Japanese-American Citizens League) members attended, as well as a large group of student volunteers from the University of Cincinnati. “This was the first time I can recall having so many student volunteers at one time,” said Anne Golden, Executive Director of the JASGC. “We certainly appreciated the students, and everyone who attended.”
As in previous years, the Cincinnati Park Board provided mulch, wood chips, wheelbarrows, and hand tools, and arranged for several staff members to help guide the volunteers and assist with the project.
“The tree care project often takes two mornings, and we had so much help this year that we were able to finish it in one morning,” said Tokiko Freeman. “I am very happy with the results.”
The Ault Park Sakura Grove is expected to be in full bloom sometime this week, depending on the weather, so people are encouraged to pack a picnic to enjoy under the trees, in keeping with the classic Japanese “O-Hanami” (cherry blossom viewing) tradition.
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