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Major John Allard, PIO Office, 785-2415, 24-Hour Press Box: 799-2001, Ext. 1100

Community Park Renovation Effort


Lexington County Sheriff’s Department deputies in partnership with The New Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, Home Depot, Cayce-West Columbia Lions Club, Pineview Ruritan Club and local residents will conduct a renovation effort at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 7 at the Drafts-Skenes Community Garden and Park on Meetze Road near West Columbia. Home Depot donated money that will enable volunteers to refurbish the children’s playground, install additional benches and tables and expand the garden and landscaping.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said the community garden and park were built on a one-acre property that formerly contained an abandoned home that was used as a location for buying crack cocaine. As many as 35 persons will participate in the renovation effort.

West Columbia Resident Deputy Adam Spires will coordinate deputies’ participation in the renovation effort, which reflects the Sheriff’s Department mission of providing professional law enforcement services that enhance the quality of life for all people in Lexington County, Metts said.

The Sheriff’s Department in partnership with Home Depot, local churches, civic groups, businesses and local residents conducted a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 15, 2012 for the community garden and park, Metts said. The homeowner agreed to allow the abandoned home on Meetze Road to be demolished so that volunteers could build the community garden and park.

The construction of the community garden and park is part of a community restoration effort that the Sheriff’s Department, local churches, civic groups and businesses initiated in 2009 on Meetze Road and English Drive, which previously had been hot spots for drug dealing and other criminal activity, Metts said.

“All kinds of criminal activity plagued this community not too many years ago, but the good, law-abiding people in this community joined law enforcement and others to clean this community up,” Metts said. “It truly has been a transformation.”

About 110 volunteers built the community garden and park, Metts said. The Sheriff’s Department and Zion Lutheran Church helped local residents create a non-profit organization, which applied for financial aid from Home Depot. The non-profit organization received a $5,500 grant from Home Depot, enabling local residents and volunteers from the Sheriff’s Department, Home Depot store in Lexington, local churches and civic groups to build a children’s playground, community garden, picnic tables and privacy fence.



 


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