What many see as an ugly creek bed filled with broken trees and trash, Cassie Olson, a sixth-grader at Hawthorne Elementary, sees as a lush, nature preserve filled with wildflowers.

She points past mounds of dirt piled to the east of a parking lot near 2100 South and 1100 East, her finger indicating a level area abutting a steep bank to the creek. There, she says, will go the flowers. A picnic table or two will be nearby."We wouldn't want any swings or anything like that," she adds resolutely. "That wouldn't be natural in a nature park."

Olson is not alone in her vision. She is but one of a growing number