The village of Riverside – weather permitting – will have another crack at raising a battalion of volunteers to help plant 10,000 wetlands plants in Swan Pond Park. 

The plantings are part of an effort to both beautify the park and cut down on standing water in the lowest portion of the park, near the drainage culvert built by the Army Corps of Engineers during a large-scale regrading of Swan Pond in 2012.

Riverside’s Department of Public Works is asking for volunteers to help plant on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers are asked to meet on the walking path near the river at the culvert.

The village will supply water, gloves, sunscreen, bug spray and tools. There will also be a lunch break on Saturday. The planting dates could be postponed if weather is poor.

Riverside has already had to scrap a pair of planting dates due to heavy rains in July.

Bob Uphues