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New Life for West Groton Park

If you have driven through West Groton Village this summer, you may have noticed the beautiful new blooms in the Carol Wheeler Memorial Park. The park was originally conceived and project led by Carl Canner, a West Groton business and residence abutter as the West Groton Park in an effort to bring attention to the beauty of the village center. Upon its completion, some local residents petitioned to have the name changed in memory of a soldier who died in the Korean war.
     Over the last two decades, only a few yellow achillea, aka yarrow, have survived and the park had become an overgrown eyesore. The Groton Garden Club has, at least since the 1950’s, seasonally decorated the watering troughs in West Groton and Groton. Last spring, while working on the trough, members noticed the sad state of the park across the street. They obtained permission from the Groton Park Commission to take over and maintain the park.
     Carol Wheeler Park, next to the Squannacook River where West Main Street, Pepperell and Townsend Roads meet is now filled with colorful young plants from members’ gardens. They will continue to grow and be cared for by a dedicated committee, most of whom live in West Groton.
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