NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's National Day of Service, members of the Nacogdoches community joined together today for the beautification project at Pioneer Park.
Rakes, paint brushes, and trash bags filled the hands of volunteers at Monday's Nacogdoches city-wide service event in honor of the civil rights leader.
Volunteers of all ages lent their services to the beautification project with a series of different tasks, and Stephen F. Austin State University students showed up in large numbers throughout the day.
"Me and my organization, The Big Event from SFA, we just wanted to come out here and volunteer our time for Martin Luther King's day; we're just cleaning the park," said SFA senior Emmanuel Onyemem. "We are painting over graffiti."
The park's Army tank even received a fresh new coat of green paint.
But where does the incentive behind all of this hard work lie?
One thing remain on the mind of the many volunteers who lent a hand.
"Martin Luther King really gave back," said Oneyemem. "He really gave to the community, and this is our way of giving back to the community of Nacogdoches and for volunteering for Martin Luther King's day."
In an effort to beautify the park, volunteers filled dozens of trash bags.
However, these volunteers might be doing a lot more than just picking up litter. One local disc golfer was surprised to see his local park getting some much needed attention.
"I got to get off work a little bit early today, came out, and started a round of disc golf and about half way through and noticed everyone coming out with rakes and questioned a couple of people wanting to know what was going on, and I decided to jump in," said disc golfer Brady Condit.
He credits service days like this because it creates a safer environment for the players who frequent the park.
"For us disc golfers, it's really nice to have clean tee boxes, and so I decided to join in and help out and clean some tee boxes up!" Condit said.
This tucked-away park is sometimes forgotten by the citizens of the city and the Parks Advocacy League was happy to see the 30-acre hillside area filled with the large number of volunteers they received on a day dedicated to service and fellowship.
The Parks Advocacy League of Nacogdoches" is accepting donations, and they are tax deductible, and will go directly to enhance all city parks. To get more information or to donate, visit this link.