KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

"The Park Lady": Larchwood Woman Transforms City Park Year after Year



Bookmark and Share

"It's very calming," said Carla Manning. "It's a great way to start the day."

Meet Carla Manning...or as locals here in Larchwood affectionately call her: "The Park Lady".

Bright and early, almost every morning during the spring, summer and fall, Carla tends to the city park before heading off to her full time job.  She prunes and weeds the flower beds she's planted, and clears the concrete paths she had installed.

She does it all out of the goodness of her heart ... with some financing from a city council that has fully entrusted her with the park's care.

"They gave me complete control to whatever I wanted with the flower beds and stuff so I went to town,"said Manning.

Her work speaks for itself. Along with the flower beds and walkways...Carla puts her own "artistic flare" in the space with sculptures she creates.

"During the summer this is like my art project,"said Manning.

And as Carla's Tireless efforts have begun to blossom the town of Larchwood has begun to take notice.

"I get thank you notes and people stop by and and tell me how much they love it,"said Manning.

For Carla, that's the best reward ...aside from putting her work on display for the community to enjoy.

"We all want to do something for the world tomake it better, but doing it in your own little backyard works out the best for most people. So, I thought this was one way I could make a change for the better,"said Manning. "It's like my park now (laughs).

Carla says she spends the winter "recharging her batteries" so she has enough energy to tackle the project again each spring.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
Someone You Should Know Archive
     

Eric Church Nearly Sold Out  story with video

Tickets for popular country music artist, Eric Church nearly sold out ...

Police Recover Weapon In Homicide Case  story with video

Police say they're one step closer to wrapping up the case of the most recent homicide in ...

Vigil Held In Opposition To Death Penalty  story with video

For the past 17 years, groups have been gathering outside the South Dakota ...

Rosenbauer Signs New Saudi Arabia Contract  story with video  Apr. 18

Commission Plans To Fix Up Turtle Effigy Site  Apr. 18

South Dakota Native Earns Medal Of Valor  Apr. 18

SD Counties Launch Absentee Voting For Primary  Apr. 18

US Delays Review Of Keystone XL Pipeline  Apr. 18

Fight Breaks Out At Sioux Falls Bar  Apr. 18

SFPD: Murder Weapon Found In Dumpster  Apr. 18

Family Waits For Apology In 1971 Disappearance  Apr. 18

USDA Orders Farms To Report PED Cases  Apr. 18

Man Dies In 2 Vehicle Accident In Vermillion  Apr. 18

Iowa's Unemployment Rate Climbs To 4.5 Percent  Apr. 18

Iowa Woman, Employee Charged With Arson  Apr. 18

Progressive Slot Machines Unveiled In Deadwood  Apr. 18

SD Family Recognized For Conservation Efforts  Apr. 18

Man In Custody After 3-Hour Standoff In Rapid City  Apr. 18

New Salmon Species Being Considered For Lake Oahe  Apr. 18

Rep. Noem Joining Delegation To Asia-Pacific  Apr. 18

'Collection, Compressed' Exhibit On Display At USD  Apr. 18

Steph And Phil Review This Weekend's Flicks  story with video  Apr. 18

How 5th Graders Used $5 To Make A Difference  story with video  Apr. 17

Growing Up With Shaken Baby Syndrome  story with video  Apr. 17

Sioux Falls Murder Suspect Appears In Court   Apr. 17

JazzFest Lineup Announced  Apr. 17

State Offers Training For Blind, Visually Impaired  Apr. 17

End In Sight For Worthington Water Woes?  story with video  Apr. 17

SD Minerals Board OKs Conflict Of Interest Rules  Apr. 17

SD Gets Nearly $310K For Specialty Crop Grants  Apr. 17

'Project Exile' Heroin Sweep Arrests More Than 65  Apr. 17

New SD Policies Cut Parolee's Time, Management  Apr. 17

Minnesota State Team To Return Under Hoffner  Apr. 17

KDLT News Archive
     

Drugs, Cash, Shotgun Seized From SF Home

A Sioux Falls man is behind bars, facing multiple drug charges. Sioux Falls Police ...

Growing Up With Shaken Baby Syndrome  story with video

At six months old, Henry Johnson suffered ...

Sioux Falls Murder Suspect Appears In Court

The man accused of murdering a 53-year-old woman in ...

Fight Breaks Out At Sioux Falls Bar  Apr. 18

SF Police ID Murder Victim, Suspect  Apr. 17

Man Dies In 2 Vehicle Accident In Vermillion  Apr. 18

SFPD: Murder Weapon Found In Dumpster  Apr. 18

Family Waits For Apology In 1971 Disappearance  Apr. 18

KDLT News Archive
     

Trautmann Sets Augie Homerun Record In Sweep  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – Jenelle Trautmann made history in ...

Jacks Clobber First Place Fort Wayne  story with video

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Adam Bray pitched seven shutout innings and the ...

Red Raiders Win A Pair Of One-Run Games  story with video

ORANGE CITY, IA --  The Northwestern Red Raider softball ...

Augie Rallies Past SMSU In Twin Bill  story with video  Apr. 18

Stampede Bid Sioux Falls Arena Farewell  story with video  Apr. 18

Skyforce Face Hard Road  story with video  Apr. 18

Waterloo Ends Stampede Season & Arena Tenure  story with video  Apr. 17

Skyforce Fumble Game 1 Away To Fort Wayne  story with video  Apr. 17

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top