Volunteer Day at Washington Park

It would have been tough to script a better late winter morning for a volunteer clean-up than what our group was lucky enough to experience this past Saturday, March 4 at Washington Park. The temps were cool at first but the sun soon came out, the layers started coming off and everyone enjoyed sprucing up around the park in some very pleasant weather.

We can’t say enough good things about the group of close to 85 volunteers who showed up to help remove invasive plants and downed logs, mulch, and do general clean-up at this historic park that sits at the northern end of the currently-under-construction Atlanta BeltLine Westside Trail. The trail will open to the public later this year.

“These volunteers will be able to tell their children and grandchildren they were part of the team that helped get this important new segment of the Atlanta BeltLine ready for opening,” said Atlanta BeltLine Partnership (ABP) Program Manager Alice Weston.

Volunteers did general clean-up and removal of invasive plants and other debris
Volunteers did general clean-up and removal of invasive plants and other debris.
Recyclables were sorted for proper disposal.
Recyclables were sorted for proper disposal.
Looks like this volunteer bit off a little more than he could chew when he decided to remove the English ivy from this wayward tree.
This volunteer had his hands full – literally – when he decided to remove the English ivy from this tree.

Washington Park Volunteer Day was a collaboration between ABP, Park Pride and the Washington Park Conservancy. It was the first of many such events to be held during 2017 as part of the Partnership’s ongoing volunteer program.

Many thanks to the following groups who provided the man (and woman) power for Saturday’s event:

  • Washington Park Tennis Center – especially Coach Wink!
  • Boy Scout Troop 2020
  • MOTRS Atlanta Alumni
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha (NLO chapter)
  • Georgia Power
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • Community Bucket
  • Jack Frost, Inc.
Our volunteers are THE BEST!!
Our volunteers are THE BEST!!

We’d especially like to thank the friendly folks from Cabot Creameries Cooperative for providing an incredible macaroni and cheese lunch for our hungry volunteers. Cabot’s Farmers’ Gratitude Grill travels throughout the eastern U.S. providing delicious meals to hungry volunteer groups like ours. You guys rock!

The Cabot Creameries Coop team and the Farmers’ Gratitude Grille!

You can see more photos from the day here or on Park Pride’s Facebook post about the event.

For information on how you or your group can volunteer with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, visit beltline.org/volunteer.

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