suggest following Garnder's lead. Consider the following to be a five step plan to spur revitalization. With a little motivation and creative use of the resources you have available, you too can reshape your neighborhood.
Gardner grew up in Vestavia and couldn't bear to see his neighborhood ailing. Just one look at the devastated park grounds prompted action. Why? Because it was his neighborhood, and therefore, his responsibility to make a change. "I didn't fuss or make excuses, I just got started," he said. "Everyone needs to find a way to give back . in any way, shape or form."
All it takes is one person with drive and a vision.
1. Recognize the need and take ownership of the problem.
Gardner, president of Gardner Landscaping, LLC, already had the resources and know how to restore the land. "We knew winter would be a good time to do this project," Gardner said. "We didn't want to lay new grass in the summer months we did it during the winter when it was cooler and easier to keep it hydrated with natural rainfall." Gardner simply used his talents and expertise for the betterment of the neighborhood.
Gardner volunteered his services not long after the 2011 storm but it took about a year before the park could acquire soil to fill in the battered landscape. Gardner didn't throw up his hands, he pushed on Converse Sale Uk Junior with preliminary work until the soil arrived. Also, he kept the lines of communication open to keep everyone Converse Golden Goose
Work on the park was completed last week and the community wasted no time in enjoying the new grounds. "I've seen families at the park just last Saturday, enjoying themselves," he said. Despite the damage the storm brought, "the end result was that the park wound up in a better place with better results."
Vestavia native Grant Gardner, 25, could have easily ranted and complained about what the city was or was not doing to repair the land, but that's not in his character.
Grant Gardner's five simple steps for revitalization at Byrd Park Edward Bowser
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2. Use the resources you have available.
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One of the many casualties of the April 2011 tornadoes that rocked our region was Byrd Park in Vestavia Hills. The storm left the field riddled with rocks and wreaked havoc on the aesthetics. The once family friendly atmosphere was ruined.
3. Obstacles will arise but you must persevere.
follow his lead.
He took action for himself and, in the process, gave the park new life.
"I don't want to sit back and point fingers," he said. "I want to put back I want to make results and see a finished product."
in the loop. When park officials saw the wheels of progress constantly moving, they knew Gardner was serious and committed.
You don't need a politician in your back pocket or billions of dollars in Powerball winnings.
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