About a decade ago, Spring Creek wound its way through the six acres of Awbrey Park, off River Road, but you’d never have known it. The natural area was overrun by English ivy and Himalayan blackberry when Brandi Crawford Ferguson, a park neighbor, set out to remove these invasive plants and replace them with native ones. Now the park puts on a show each spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom.
What started with a couple of neighbors has flowered into a devoted restoration volunteer group — the Friends of Awbrey Park. On the first Saturday of each month, from October to April, dedicated volunteers continue to fight the good fight against ivy and blackberry. “We get dirty together, and we take care of our little park,” Crawford Ferguson said. As they steward their neighborhood park, they grow community and friendship.
Now, 11 years later, this dedicated group is still giving back in a big way. Each spring, the Friends of Awbrey Park, which has 10 regular volunteers, holds a wildflower celebration at the park to mark the end of their work season and show neighbors the results. In 2018, more than two hundred people joined the celebration, enjoying wildflowers, food, fun and community.
Join the Friends of Awbrey Park on Saturday, May 4 to see what unfailing labor and a whole lot of love can do.