Center, parks targets for Day of Service work

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 20, 2014 at 8:47 PM

Local members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Tennessee Gamma Chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon at East Tennessee State University, local Boy Scouts Troops 131 and 311, Terry Henderson Landscaping and the city of Johnson City are calling all volunteers to join them for a Day of Service on Saturday at Memorial Park Community Center and the nearby Cardinal Park.

Part of the 6th Annual Day of Service in communities across the southeastern United States, more than 200 volunteers are expected to turn out for Saturday’s projects, ranging from grading and demolition to litter pickup and landscaping.

Ruth Bailey, Day of Service Committee chairwoman, said the projects are designed for of volunteers of all ages and skill levels. The purpose is for churches of all denominations, civic organizations, businesses, government agencies and individuals to join together to strengthen and beautify their communities, help those in need, build friendships and bolster the spirits of everyone involved.

In Johnson City, the work will include improvements to drainage ditches and a retention pond, repairs to fences and backstops, demolition and salvage, paver installation and general cleanup.

At Memorial Park, volunteers are needed to wipe down and clean around all the park’s benches; weed and mulch landscape beds; improve drainage, plant grass and touch-up paint at the tennis courts; clear the rear lawn of debris and add sand, seed and straw; shape and grade drainage inlets; and place landscape fabric and stone around a retention pond.

At Cardinal Park, volunteers will demolish and salvage an old sheet-metal wall; improve drainage to prevent standing water in the outfield; and grade and prepare drainage inlets around the ballpark.

The day will begin at 8 a.m. with volunteer project registration and brief comments from city leaders in the amphitheater at Memorial Park. In the event of rain, the kickoff meeting will be held at the Seaver Pavilion at Cardinal Park. Bailey said the goal will be to complete all the projects by 2 p.m. prior to a concert scheduled at Memorial Park at 3.

To volunteer, provide sponsorship or learn more about the project, contact Ruth Bailey at 542-6076 or ruthknightbailey@gmail.com, or Mary Ann Kinch at the Johnson City Parks & Recreation Department at 283-5827 or makwdpark@johnsoncitytn.org.

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