The Park We Planted

Taken by Storm

By Marylyn Cork

My siblings and I grew up near Round Lake State Park, east of Priest River. Three or four of us—along with our mother and grandmother, who were chaperones, I assume, planted seedling trees at the site, which was then a park in the making. I was probably in the eighth grade. Our schoolmates joined us in the planting, and so did children from a couple of other elementary schools nearby, in the days when independent school districts were located every several miles apart.

We children were helping Idaho transform a mosquito-infested mud-hole into a site of beauty. A photo of us putting those little evergreen trees into the ground can still be seen on an interpretive signboard at the park. The year was about 1950. It was a glorious day, but damp. Wondrously, the rain held off but it had fallen copiously before and after.

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Marylyn Cork

About Marylyn Cork

Marylyn Cork has lived in Priest River more than fifty years and in Bonner County more than sixty years. Writing since she was nine years old, she retired as editor of the Priest River Times in 2001. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking, camping, and traveling.