An aspiring Eagle Scout finished a beautification project at Kofu Park last Saturday in preparation for Lodi's 50th anniversary next year with its sister city in Japan.
Sixteen-year-old Josh Edmondson had 10 Cub Scouts help him plant three trees, deweed and replace wood paneling that shields city pumps from view. It took about seven hours.
"I want it to look clean and nice for the anniversary," Edmondson said. "I just want to help out with that, so that the other city does not think we let the entire place get run down."
The city of Lodi is working with four Eagle Scout candidates, Parks Superintendent Steve Dutra said. Edmondson's project was unique because he also partnered with the Sister City Committee and Tree Lodi.
Tree Lodi supervised the planting of three Flowering Plum trees. Dutra said this also provides the Scouts with a lesson in urban forestry. Edmondson will provide weekly maintenance on the trees for the next three months.
The Sister City Committee helped come up with the idea for the project and donated $500 in order to install new plastic slats to hide city equipment. The slats before were wooden, and many of them were damaged or rotted.
This is not the first project the city has done to get the city ready for the anniversary between Lodi and Kofu.
The Boosters of Boys and Girls Sports Organization rebuilt the dugout roofs earlier this year and rebuilt them to resemble architechture similar to Kofu, Japan.
The city is also doing an energy-efficiency upgrade to the rental building using stimulus funds.
Edmondson, a Lodi High school student, hopes that people will enjoy the changes at the park.
"This seemed like it would be the best benefit for the community," he said.