Atlanta Lions Team Up with Partners for Washington Park Cleanup

Lions Jotham Reubel, Gary Martin & Al Coxe

October 28, 2017

Family, friends and members of the Atlanta Lions Club teamed up with 60 Anthem corporate volunteers and Young Generation Movement members for a community cleanup in Washington Park in Atlanta’s historic Westside neighborhood.  Volunteers organized into four cleanup and restoration projects picking litter, cleaning playground equipment, spreading mulch and fallen debris from the forest canopy.  Projects not only focused on the park’s beautification, but also the adjacent BeltLine Interim Trail abutting the new BeltLine Westside Trail.

Anthem Litter Patrol Volunteers

Joining event organizers were representatives from Park Pride and the BeltLine Organization who provided many of the logistics including tool rental and site management.  In addition, Barry Krebs of the South Cobb Lions Club joined the Club in running the litter removal efforts.  This was the second year Barry helped the club provide support and oversight for litter removal.  Barry recently received the National Community Improvement Award from Keep America Beautiful for his club’s litter cleanup efforts.  Following the 3-hour service projects volunteers celebrated their accomplishments with a group cookout.

BeltLine Interim Trail Cleanup

The fall event was the Club’s 2nd annual Atlanta Lions Club- Anthem Volunteer ServiceProject joining Lions and Anthem employees in the Atlanta area.  Lions Clubs International (LCI) is partnering with Anthem Foundation for “Lions-Anthem Volunteer Days,” a month-long community service event taking place in 17 U.S. cities this October.  As part of the partnership, Anthem Foundation donated US$250,000 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation.   In turn, a small grant was made to the Club to host the event.  The Club hopes to continue these annual events and expand its relationship with Anthem volunteers.

BeltLine Visionary Speaks to the Club

September 14, 2017

Ryan Gravel, an urban planner, author, Ted Talk speaker and founder of the Atlanta BeltLine spoke to members of the Atlanta Lions Club during their monthly luncheon meeting at the Capital City Club in Downtown Atlanta.  While at Georgia Tech his master’s thesis in 1999 was the original vision and blueprint for the Atlanta BeltLine, a 22-mile transit greenway that with fifteen years of progress, is changing the physical form of Atlanta.

Now a $4 billion public-private investment in the early stages of implementation, the project’s health and economic benefits are already evident through record-breaking use by Atlanta residents and the City’s surge in economic redevelopment.  Ryan spoke about Atlanta’s future as a hub for growth and lifestyle and the importance of branding itself as the “civil rights” city.