HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Visitors to John Hunt Park are seeing some changes and it’s thanks in part to the efforts of hundreds of volunteers.
Saturday morning brought a lot of changes to the park. Hundreds of volunteers donated their time and efforts to make it happen. “We’ve got Toyota, Lowe’s on south Parkway. We’ve got the track club, all come together to help out a park,” Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said.
The work party event coincides with National Public Lands Day. That’s the nation’s largest single day volunteer effort for public lands. In Huntsville, they’ve contributed to that goal wholeheartedly. “We’ve put up rails. We’ve put up trees, put up crepe myrtles, painted bathrooms, painted goals and you can’t say enough about the volunteerism of these groups and what they bring back to the table,” Mayor Battle stated.
Toyota brought dozens of people to help. “Giving back, especially to the environment, is one of our global commitments that we really take seriously,” Toyota Alabama president Jim Bolte said.
The organizations donated funds to aid in the improvements. City officials say more volunteer opportunities to help “green-up” John Hunt Park will be forthcoming. The City will be accepting donations and physical help to plant hundreds of hardwood trees in the park over the winter months.