Every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we invite our park visitors to spend a morning volunteering with us, turning their day off into a day “on”. Our originally scheduled project was canceled due to snow, but our volunteers still showed up in force on our rescheduled date of Monday, February 19, which turned out to be a balmy, 70-degree day.
Our mission was to cut back all of the native grasses in the Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park, focusing our efforts around the PNC Achievement Center and the Gheens Foundation Lodge. With the help of our dedicated volunteers, we filled up two dump trucks with grass clippings, which will be turned into compost for later use in the park. In 3 hours, we were able to complete a task that would normally take our small (but mighty) garden team a full week to finish. That’s powerful stuff!
If you are interested in volunteering with our garden team for a project this spring, check out a full listing of upcoming opportunities on our volunteer page here. We hope to see you out in the park soon!
After joining 21st Century Parks as an intern in January of 2012, Ali Greenwell was hired as Development Coordinator. After 6 months assisting in fundraising efforts, Greenwell was converted to Program Coordinator, with her main responsibility being managing and growing volunteer programs and partnerships. You might also find her giving presentations and leading hikes. Greenwell is a graduate of Bellarmine University, where she earned a degree in Communication with a focus in Environmental Studies. Contact me about: Volunteering
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