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Beautification day great success
By Christa Jennings
The early volunteers take a group photo before getting their hands dirty during the beautification work day, with more volunteers showing up as the afternoon went on to lend their hands. Photo by Christa Jennings
Volunteers work to help beautify a corner of the town park near the pavilion and benches. Photo by Christa Jennings
These raised vegetable beds will offer produce for area residents when the time is right for picking. Photo by Christa Jennings
Knockout roses now line a wall of the Event Center facing the new Rockford Senior Center, thanks to volunteers and the grant from the RC&D Council. Photo by Christa Jennings
The front corner of the Rockford Event Center now boasts a crepe myrtle and flowers to help beautify the area while welcoming guests. Photo by Christa Jennings
After rain caused Saturday’s beautification work day in Rockford to be rescheduled, the town still enjoyed a successful work day Tuesday afternoon.
Although some of the volunteers who had signed up to help Saturday were not there to participate Tuesday, the town still had a total of 22 volunteers show up to help. The volunteers lent their hands for two to three hours to help beautify areas of town around the Rockford Event Center and the town park.
The beautification work day came about after the town was awarded a $1,200 grant from the Coosa Valley Resource Conservation and Development, or RC&D, Council.
The grant funds were used to purchase flowers, vegetables, a crepe myrtle, and materials for raised beds.
Volunteers helped plant the vegetables in two raised beds near the Event Center and new Senior Center. Those plants will serve as a community garden for the town, offering area residents the opportunity to pick fresh produce as harvest time comes.
Volunteers also helped with planting flowers along two walls of the Event Center and in two corners of the center. They then went to the town’s park and used the remaining flowers to plant in a corner of the park near the pavilion and benches, making it even more inviting for guests.
Mayor Scott White said the town is working to secure additional beautification grants in the near future to further these beautification efforts.
Additionally, he said they are trying to secure a grant to redo the old baseball field in the hopes of holding Little League games again in the future.
White gave his thanks to the volunteers and also expressed his appreciation to the RC&D Council for the grant and Coosa County Extension Coordinator Sharon Haynes for assisting with this effort.
“I appreciate everyone that is willing to help in moving our town forward, to make it a better community for all of us,” White said. “Also, this will help to secure stakeholders that are willing to invest in us. It takes all of us doing our part to accomplish these goals.”