MERIDEN — Parks and recreation workers are making final preparations for the Meriden Daffodil Festival this weekend.
Parks and Recreation Director Chris Bourdon said the work will continue until the start of the festival Saturday. On Tuesday, workers set up a food tent stage and portable sinks, and added signs throughout the park.
“We’re still putting out mulch … garbage cans, and signage for the bus area,” Bourdon said. “It’s all infrastructure items.”
Parks employees like Christine Iannotti have spent the past four weeks spreading mulch, preparing flower beds, trimming trees and clearing walkways. Iannotti, who has worked with the department for 27 years, said the rainy weather has made the work challenging.
“Every day has been mud,” Iannotti said.
Iannotti said despite the challenges, the park will be ready in time. Over the next couple of days workers will cut the grass and complete remaining projects. Bourdon said the welcome area will be the last to be set up and poses particular challenges due to the uneven terrain.
One of the bright spots this year are the daffodils.
“Some years they don’t come up,” Bourdon said. “In terms of coming up , it’s one of the best years I’ve seen.”
Workers will do maintenance work during the festival and are prepared for more rain if it comes.
Bourdon said he is honored to be part of a long line of parks directors that have helped keep the festival going for more than 40 years.
“It’s great to see a whole bunch of people at the festival, not only Meriden residents, appreciate and see Hubbard Park,” Bourdon said.
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