City pushes to finish park before birding fest

HARLINGEN — The ponds are lined and loaded with bull rock, and all that’s left is to border them with fill dirt and plant the aquatics.

Jeff Lyssy, superintendent of parks for the Parks and Recreation Department, said the long renovation of Hugh Ramsey Nature Park finally has a finishing date — Oct. 22.

At least 150 Texas State Technical College student volunteers are expected to help plant the aquatics on the edges of the wetland ponds at the park in connection with national Make A Difference Day.

Lyssy said volunteers are expected to plant 3,000 separate aquatic plants along the perimeter of the ponds.

“Prior to that date we’re going to have a team leader meeting with the TSTC students to identify them as leaders to teach them how to plant properly,” Lyssy said.

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