Wall Street community blooming with pride

  • 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.


Notice about comments:

The Berkeley Independent is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not The Berkeley Independent.

If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full terms and conditions.

Upcoming Events
 Latest News
Print Ads
Latest Videos

The Berkeley Independent

© 2015 The Berkeley Independent an Evening Post Industries company. All Rights Reserved.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Parental Consent Form.