A Bobcat tractor, fitted with a grinding attachment, works in Alton’s Norside Park in North Alton thanks to the generosity of Kamadulski Excavating and Grading Co. Inc. of Granite City, who loaned the Bobcat to the city Wednesday. The attachment was making quick work chewing up the underbrush on the west side of the park.

ALTON — A company’s one-day, free loan of a tractor-brush clearer and an operator made quick work of removing overgrowth Wednesday at Norside Park in North Alton.

“I’ve never seen a machine like this, it cuts trees and grass into fine mulch,” said Bob Barnhart, Alton public works director.

He said Mark Cray, of Kamadulski Excavating and Grading Co. Inc. of Granite City, lent the city the Bobcat tractor with special attachment — and a man to operate the equipment — to more quickly clear out overgrowth at the park, east of State Street at Rozier Street.

Sometimes called “Northside” Park, the space actually was named Norside Park many years ago, Barnhart confirmed. Some citizens, along with the city, have been working to clean up the small park in recent months.

“If things work out well, I may apply for a grant to buy one of these (equipment) to use in cleaning up the west side of the lake in Gordon Moore Park, which is overgrown,” he said.

Kamadulski has done excavation work and installed a cut-off wall inside the levee near Alton Marina to stem underseepage from the Mississippi River.

Reach Linda N. Weller at 618-208-6450 or on Twitter @Linda_Weller

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