By Valerie Rose Sellers

They arrived on foot, on bike and with family members to work with their hands for the good of the community.

Their goal: clean up Little Nancy Creek Park, not just as a place to enjoy now, but for future generations to treasure as well.

Volunteers through “Friends of Little Nancy Creek Park” spent Saturday, Aug. 29 at the park on Peachtree-Dunwoody Road for a major clean-up effort, during which they cleared debris with garden tools and strong backs.

Under the direction of “Friends” organizers, dozens of residents from Historic Brookhaven and North Buckhead took part in the clean-up.

In the past month, there have been two other organized clean-up efforts at the park, according to Elizabeth Dickerson, co-chair of the “Friends” landscape committee, who said both efforts were successful. Dickerson is responsible for scheduling and directing volunteer operations, and is adamant that the park’s ongoing progress be credited to citizens who have joined the group, and who are willing to pull on a pair of gloves, lend their time, talent and financial support to making the park a pristine sanctuary for patrons to enjoy.

According to Joseph Cronk, vice president of the “Friends” committee, the community has generously and repeatedly answered the call by coming together for one project after another.

The park appears ready for a special picnic at the park 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sept. 26 to celebrate Park Pride’s 20th anniversary.

To learn more about Little Nancy Creek Park, and how to volunteer or make a donation, visit www.littlenancycreekpark.org.