The Parklands

MLK Jr. Day of Service: Turn Your Day Off Into a Day “On”

Our MLK Jr. Day of Service volunteer opportunity at The Parklands has been postponed due to expected inclement weather and icy working conditions. We are rescheduling the project for Presidents Day, February 19th. 

Project: MLK Jr. Day of Service Make Up Date

Date: Monday, February 19th

Time: 9-noon

Meeting Location: PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation Beckley Creek Park

RSVP: Email Ali Greenwell, Program Coordinator, at to sign up 


“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Next Monday, January 15th, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and people across the country are honoring Dr. King’s legacy by turning their day off into a day “on” and volunteering in their communities. Dr. King believed in the power of serving others and the holiday that honors him was named a national day of service by Congress in 1994.

Each year we offer members in our community a chance to spend a few hours volunteering with us at The Parklands on MLK Day. Many people wonder what kind of work we do in the winter and this is a great chance learn more by working side-by-side with members of our Horticulture and Natural areas teams. Last year’s volunteers helped us mulch along the Humana Grand Allee, spread woodchips on the Valley of the Giants Trail, and remove invasive species in Beckley Creek Park.

Volunteers at The Parklands’ MLK Jr. Day of Service Event in 2017. 

If you are interested in lending a hand this year, check out the project details below. Never picked up a garden tool before? Don’t worry – our team will provide all of the necessary tools and instruction and no previous experience is necessary. Like Dr. King said “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.”

We hope to see you there!


MLK Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Opportunity

Date: Monday, January 15th

Time: 9-noon

Meeting Location: PNC Achievement Center for Education and Interpretation Beckley Creek Park

Description: Work alongside our Horticulture and Natural Areas teams to help clean up garden and meadow areas around the Creekside Center in Beckley Creek Park. Hot coffee, tools, gloves, and instruction will be provided and no previous experience is necessary. Please dress for the weather, bring a water bottle, and wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.  In the event of severe weather, any changes will be communicated via email, so keep an eye on your inbox!

RSVP: Email Ali Greenwell, Program Coordinator, at by Friday 1/12 to sign up 

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