Kirkwood Parks Assistance Corps (KPAC) Events
 

Hackathon

FREE Kirkwood Park From Invasive Bush Honeysuckle


Invasive bush honeysuckle encroaching a footpath


Kirkwood Park has more than 33 acres of land being invaded by bush honeysuckle. This invasion prevents native plants, trees, and wildlife from accessing the needed resources to survive. You can help free Kirkwood Park from the spread of invasive honeysuckle and see what a healthy Missouri landscape looks like. Follow the action as it unfolds on the Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook Page.

 

Volunteering your time at the Hackathon is one of the many ways to STOP the spread of invasive bush honeysuckle.


Here’s how you can help:

  • Participate in the Hackathon to clear invasive bush honeysuckle from Kirkwood Park.
  • Learn about the danger of invasive bush honeysuckle and effective removal techniques.
  • Participate in more Honeysuckle Sweep Week events.
  • Help spread the word about the Hackathon.

A celebration for volunteers will close the Hackathon on Friday, March 10, at the Lions' Amphitheatre in Kirkwood Park. 

When is the Hackathon? 

Monday, March 6, thru Friday, March 10, from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. There are many shifts to choose from or you can stay all day. Don't see a shift that works with your schedule?  Simply create one that works for you by contacting the Volunteer Coordinator.

 

Here is when volunteers are hacking, dragging & relaxing: 

 

Monday,

March 6

Tuesday,

March 7

Wednesday,

March 8

Thursday,

March 8

Friday,

March 10

7 am-10 am

10 am-1 pm

1 pm-4 pm

4 pm-6 pm

7 am-10 am

10 am-1 pm

1 pm-4 pm

4 pm-6 pm

7 am-10 am

10 am-1 pm

1 pm-4 pm

4 pm-6 pm

7 am-10 am

10 am-1 pm

1 pm-4 pm

4 pm-6 pm

7 am-10 am

10 am-1 pm

1 pm-4 pm

4 pm-6 pm


6:15 pm-6:30 pm-Think about Tables  Exhibit


6:30 pm-7:30 pm-Free Hackathon Bash

 

Where is the event? 

Kirkwood Park

111 S. Geyer Road

Kirkwood, MO 63122


Meeting point: Playground Drive off West Adams Avenue.

Parking is available at the Playground Drive parking lot. Additional parking is available near the water tower.

 

Sign me up!

Preregister to ensure we have enough tools and supplies for you. Register for any day Monday thru Friday for as many shifts as you want to volunteer. There are three convenient ways to preregister:

  1. Call Kylie Christanell, KPAC Volunteer Coordinator, at 314-984-5993.
  2. Fill in the electronic registration form.
  3. Email kparkv@kirkwoodmo.org.

You will receive a confirmation email with additional Hackathon details once you register. 

What can I expect?

Check in at the red tent located on the corner of Playground Drive and West Adams Avenue. A lead person, called a Lieutenant Volunteer, will:

  • Guide you to where you need to go
  • Help assign you as a hacker (use hand tools to cut down honeysuckle bushes) or a dragger (removing cut honeysuckle bushes and dragging them to designated chipping spots), and
  • Teach you everything you need to know about removing invasive bush honeysuckle.

Water and light refreshments will be provided as well as a place to take much needed breaks. Hacking and dragging bush honeysuckle is a physical task that involves bending, squatting, kneeling and the use of most of the upper body muscles. Come ready to move! 

What should I bring?

Hand tools, such as loppers and handsaws, are available for use. Safety glasses and gloves are also provided. You may use your own personal honeysuckle hacking hand tools and safety equipment. Kirkwood Parks and Recreation Department or Hackathon Partners are not responsible for lost items.

What to wear?

Dress in long-sleeve shirt, long pants and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. Clothing should be comfortable and able to get dirty.

Are minors permitted to volunteer? 

All volunteers are welcome! However, minors under the age of 18 must have parental/guardian consent. Simply complete the Minor Volunteer Activity Assumption of Risk Form or a parent/guardian can register the minor when checking in at the red tent. Minors under age 13 must volunteer near parent/guardian for supervision.

Where can I find more information about invasive bush honeysuckle?

 

Many great websites provide:

At the Hackathon, ask a Lieutenant Volunteer at the red tent for more information or take a handout with you.  

Community Partners

The Hackathon is produced by:

        

In association with:

        

Endorsed by:

       

A special thank you to Jay Doty & family for the originating idea and extensive volunteer efforts. 


Joe Gildehaus removing invasive bush honeysuckle