About a dozen teenagers came together to help give a West Broadway community garden a facelift on Tuesday.
Winnipeg’s Green Wave headed out to Spirit Park in the morning armed with trowels, paint cans and pruners.
"It's beautiful today. It's sunny — not too hot, not too cold. We have nice shade so we're not being sunburned. It's a great time to be outside," said 18-year-old Michelle Paluszek.
The team, which is made up of 16 to 19 year olds, is deployed around the city to remove graffiti, clean up trash and sometimes help with special projects like the rejuvenation of Spirit Park.
"It's just really great to have so many bodies working together to make this actually happen,” said Zorya Arrow, the community gardens co-ordinator for the West Broadway Community Organization.
Audrey Logan helped start the aging garden 10 years ago.
She said the helping hands were much appreciated.
"[It’s] fantastic because I have the knowledge, but my hands and such can't physically do the work, so it's great to be able to share the knowledge,” said Logan.
The garden grows everything from grapes to tomatoes to wildflowers but was in need of some repair.
"Just over the course of the years certain areas of have been neglected,” said Arrow. “We're working on bringing most of the common areas back to life and planting new stuff."
The Green Wave was joined by community volunteers who pruned grapes, painted new raised garden beds and weeded.
"[There are about ]100 feet of grapes. That can feed a lot of people once it's trimmed good and kept maintained,” said Logan.
The group is funded by the City of Winnipeg and BFI Canada; it's a program meant to beautify the city while giving young people jobs.
The team will be out all summer.