Group promotes active living by gardening

King's Park in Fort Richmond is getting a face lift thanks to some unlikely volunteers. Members of the Still Bloomin' Gardening Club who are all over the age of 55 are revitalizing a section of the park by weeding dandelions, planting flowers and restoring a waterfall, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.

The project is run by the Pembina Active Living group, which has more than 180 members and promotes an" target="_self">active lifestyle in senior citizens.

Among the members are Marion and Bill Goodwin. Although Goodwin, 80, has Alzheimer's disease, he and his wife are committed to getting the defunct up and running again.

"In the early 1970s, I remember when it was working, and it looked really nice," Marion told the news source.

The couple has been especially key in motivating the rest of the gardeners, the group's organizer told the outlet.

"These two are the epitome of active seniors. Marion’s eyes light up whenever she starts talking about the project. And Bill is just so happy all the time. His enthusiasm is infectious."

According to, active living can help delay the onset of most age-related illnesses such as Alzheimer's.

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