Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Beautification Continues in Dean Park Donations Requested

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Elmetra Patterson with Willie Shields

Dean Park is closed as the Covid-19 continues to spread in Winston County; however, workers and volunteers continue to keep the park beautiful and seasonal. The fall garden is being planted with Georgia collards, mustards and turnips greens, purple hulled peas, kale, rutabagas and radishes. A variety of peppers, watermelon and okra continue to produce. Since the park is closed, vegetables are harvested and given to members who live close to the park. 

There are two people who work in the park, Jerome Moncrief who is a county employee and Willie Shields who is a landscape and garden trainee. Jerome is a graduate of Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Willie is placed in the park by the SCSEP, which is a federal government program that has a contract with the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. The trainees are hired for a 4 year period which afterwards they should be placed in gainful employment. The trainees must be 55 years old or older and meet the financial guidelines. This is Willie’s 2nd year in the program. Elmetra Patterson, a master gardener, is the supervisor and trainer for Willie. He is also supervised by Macileen Jordan. Both are volunteers and members of the Friends of Dean Park, Inc. (FODP).

Submitted by: Elmetra Patter