Monday, January 14, 2013
Willie Powell has recruited a team of youngsters to rebuild a neighborhood treasure.
The community of Wall Street, a neighborhood in the heart of Moncks Corner, has been through its ups and downs. Powell is working to bring it back.
Roper Wall Street Park is a park and playground that Powell helped start, and that was shut down by the state. “The park took 15 years to build,” Powell said. “There was a void when it was taken away. The community is still here thriving.”
Recently, when the power company removed all the bushes in the area, it revealed 60 years worth of trash in what had apparently been a local dumping ground.
Powell and neighborhood children – with the help of the town – took it on as their project to clean up the trash.
“The kids and I cleaned up,” Powell said. “Santee Cooper cleaned up the pile. We wanted to get some dirt and then plant flowers to bring some pride to the community.”
Powell said more than 30 bags of trash were picked up from one spot.
About three weeks ago several local businesses donated 25 camellias to be planted by the little strip of road that had been a trash dump for more than half a century. “These beautiful flowers and plants cost $40 a piece,” Powell said. “It’s over $1,000 of plants.”
The community also received donations of dirt that was leveled by some of the town’s machinery.
The spot has been christened the “Take One to Know One Community Garden,” named after Powell’s organization. “As the flowers grow beautiful, we hope and pray these kids will do the same,” he said.
Powell’s young helpers include Thomas Ravenell, Monny Ravenell, Junior Ravenell, Ladedrianna Ravenell, Lavonte Parker, Tremaine Robinson and Imani Robinson.
Businesses and organizations that donated include Butler Ware, Welborn Trucking, Heart to Heart International Ministries and Main Street Motors.