By Kathryn Wisniewski
About 20 area residents participated in the first annual McDill Pond Paddle Poker Run, held Aug. 27.
“This is the first time we’re doing a summer fundraiser,” said Krista Olson, president of the Lake District. “There were several homeowners among us…we formed a committee and put together the fundraiser.”
The fundraiser, according to Olson, would help pay for nesting boxes and to fund efforts to fight aquatic invasive species on McDill Pond.
“There’s a couple groups we’ve already started contacting to see if we can get them to help us with building the nesting boxes for the spring placement,” she added.
Olson explained that McDill Pond already has established a program for fighting aquatic invasive species.
“We’re behind because of the fact that grants throughout the state have been cut for all lake districts and so we’re all now unfunded without grants trying to fight aquatic invasive species,” she said. “We’re still hand-pulling today and some of that funds may be actually still used if we’re going to yet look at a couple different things this fall. But otherwise this spring we will be looking at again hand-pulling and a couple other different methods to try to tackle aquatic invasive species.”
Poker run participants navigated around the pond via paddle boats to reach five stops set up for a quasi-poker game, with some of the stops offering lunch and dessert for sale.
Olson said the group hasn’t decided if it will host another paddle poker run next year, but the board will make a decision based on feedback and response of the event.
For more information on the program, or to provide feedback, go to mcdillpond.com.