Volunteers needed to clear land at Pendleton King Park

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Volunteers are needed to help make way for a wetlands area at Pendleton King Park on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Once the area is cleared of invasive plants a wetlands area will be created by using the water from the park’s Lake Elizabeth. The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy won a grant to improve the water quality in Lake Elizabeth. The wetlands will be a natural way to filter the pond’s water, eliminating fish kills and musty odor.

But first, volunteers are needed to clear the area.

They will gather Saturday morning at Lake Elizabeth.Volunteers should wear long pants, boots and gloves. If possible, bring pruners, clippers, weed-eaters with metal blades, axes, and pruning shears.

The Pendleton King Park Foundation is sponsoring the event with partners of the Rotary Club of Augusta, Youth Challenge Academy, the City of Augusta, and The Pendleton King Trust.

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oldredneckman96 05/14/14 - 07:48 pm
Why Pendleton Park exists to start with.

On April 5th, 1922, in Richmond County, Georgia, a Henry B. King set in a Declaration of Trust, a 20 acre tract to be known as Pendleton Camp. This was a memorial to his son, John Pendleton King who had been killed in WWI in France. This camp was to benefit the wounded and disabled soldiers who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces. For many years, a Clarence T. Barinowski, a Carlon S. Faulk and Virginia Lehmann were members of the Board of Directors of Pendleton Camp. They did a great job of placing those deserving in the homes and maintaining the grounds and keeping the city of Augusta from taking the property. However, by 1995 a new group of trustees were evicting the last of the veterans and families who had lived there. The Law Firm of Fulcher, Hagler, Reed, Hanks and Harper was apparently running the Camp.
Now, as we all know, there are many veterans needing a home, while Pendleton Camp is occupied by fewer than a half dozen or so homes and a Memorial lot with a placard on a stone explaining the Camp. There you will find a flagpole that my grand-uncle raised old Glory on everyday from his return from WWI to his end in the 70’s, sadly, it is now never raised. When you turn off Wrightsborro Road and head south on Johns Road, in just a block or so you will find Johns Road Ext./Mame Road on the right. Do not let the “Private” “Keep Out” signs stop you, it is a public road. Pendleton Camp is as public as the Pendleton King Park just a few blocks away on Troup Street both named for the same John Pendleton King for many reasons.
I write this to let the veterans of Augusta know about this place and what it was for. It will take someone with a bit of legal knowledge and a lot of “don’t quit” attitude to put it back to its intended use.
Good Luck and thank you for your service.

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