Community members hosts clean-up event for flood-prone park in Snow Hill, honors MLK holiday
SNOW HILL, Md. – “Some may not have known what Byrd Park was, but they know that this was a day of service and that’s why they’re out here,” Smith said.
When Diana Nolte of Snow Hill noticed nothing was planned in her community to honor the MLK holiday, she took matters into her own hands by organizing a clean-up at Byrd Park.
Nolte tells us it was an effort to keep Dr. King’s dream of unity alive. “We’re not there yet and we know it. It will take a lot of work, but every journey begins with a single step. We’re just trying to take those steps,” President of Downtown Snow Hill Merchants Association Diana Nolte said.
“As you look around, there’s a diverse group of people here. They’re all about their community and care about the community,” Worcester County NAACP President Ivory Smith said.
Volunteers of all ages grabbed buckets, trash bags, and gloves to give the park a little TLC to keep it the recreational hub it’s become. “You can come here and walk, play basketball, you got the Pocomoke River in the back of you, and you can even fish,” Smith said.
A challenge for Byrd Park is that it’s prone to flooding, causing trash and debris to be moved into the park.
We’re told that’s what makes clean-up efforts like Monday even more important. “Once it’s flooded and until it really dries out, we end up with a lot of mud and it’s hard to use then,” Nolte said.
“The trick will be trying to figure out how to fix that and chipping away at that problem one step at a time.”
The MLK holiday is also recognized as a day of service, which is what prevailed. “In his speech, I Have a Dream, this is what he was talking about,” Smith said.
Nolte tells us this service effort won’t be the last and encourages anyone looking to give back to the community to keep up with future projects in the town.
We’re also told the town of Snow Hill is actively looking to find solutions to the Byrd Park flooding issue.
Nolte also tells us the African American Heritage Society of Snow Hill hosted the “Remembering our Ancestors” Day of Community Service in partnership with Coolspring UMC.