I've been at Piedmont Park a couple of times this year and love how pretty and clean it is! Well today I was on the other side - I was cleaning it (well a bit of it)! I volunteered with the Piedmont Park Conservancy this morning and now have a greater appreciation of the park and the work that goes in to keeping it the way it is.
Piedmont Park Conservancy (which started off as a group of volunteers) is the nonprofit organization, working with the City of Atlanta for the preservation of historic Piedmont Park. Since their inception over 20 years ago, the Piedmont Park Conservancy has successfully transformed the once dilapidated Park into the most visited in green space in Atlanta. The Conservancy currently manages more than 90 percent of the Park’s daily maintenance care and security.
Today a small group of us took on the task of pulling weeds from various shrub bushes and from the day lily patch. One of the bushes was covered in a blanket of weeds, you couldn't see the shrubs anymore. We spent all morning pulling, cutting, and gathering weeds. The group was pretty quiet and really focused. We got done just a little before time so the coordinator treated us to a golf cart tour around the park.
This was the first time I'd done a project like this and I enjoyed it. I would definitely go back, once it cools down a little!