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Volunteers Spruce up 'Trail of Hope' After Storm

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It's become a special getaway for those with disabilities. The recent rainfall has washed out a portion of the Trail of Hope in Lyons. YNN's Christina Noce spoke with volunteers as they brought the garden back to life.

Whoever said you can't build something out of nothing, hasn't met these folks.

"I look around and I know what these kids have done," said Mark DeCracker, Lyons native.

DeCracker wanted to create something inspiring for those with disabilities.

Soon after, the materials and volunteers came pouring in. What once was an empty lot at the Lyons Community Center, is now a trail with more than twenty hand-made gardens.

"It teaches the kids, if you take care of it you get to enjoy it," said Lisa Casalmir, volunteer.

The wide trails and raised garden beds provide wheelchair accessibility for visitors with disabilities like Sandra Cruz's husband.

"This has been such a blessing to us, it doesn't take the place of walking the Canal Trails but gets him to rest," said Sandra Cruz, trail volunteer.

But nature has its own plans. The storms that rolled in a few days ago washed out many of the trails leaving some of them submerged in up to four inches of water.

"Especially back in the woods there's alot of wash out which makes it hard for the people in the wheelchairs to come through," said Casalmir.

And like any sanctuary, they're dedicated to protecting it so the volunteers who planted each tree can grow right along side it.

"It's don redwood and when it grows up it will be two hundred feet long," said volunteer Connor Moore.

"Kids have said this is better than video games and I love to hear that," said DeCracker.

DeCracker says the trail is a reminder that after any storm, the sun will shine. Volunteers from all over the country have tended this garden.

"You never can give up on anything. It's always important to persevere," said DeCracker.

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