Six teens worked with leaders to help restore a bank of Campbell Creek near Minnesota Drive in Anchorage on Thursday. The crew is part of Youth Employment in Parks, a summer work program hosted by the Anchorage Park Foundation and Anchorage Parks and Recreation.
The workers, ages 16-19, carried pails of soil, hammered holes in the ground to plant willows and spruce trees, and took plenty of water breaks as they worked on a warm day. The vegetation will bolster a bend in the creek that had been eroding toward the paved Campbell Creek Trail.
It's just the latest project in the YEP's twelve-year history improving Anchorage Parks, said supervisor Annie DuBois. The ten-week summer program is designed to instill leadership skills in the conservation of public land.
Sixteen-year-old Denise Bamurange said the work reminded her of work she did in Rwanda, where she moved to Anchorage from a few years ago. "I like to work hard," Bamurange said. "I feel like I'm earning something that I deserve."