Dr. Gary Blank and the Natural Resources 100 Class students will be honored May 10 with the Fred Fletcher Award for Outstanding Community Service. The course has partnered with the Parks Maintenance Division since 2010. Dr. Blank’s class has been assisting Parks staff with invasive plant removal, control and inventory projects at various locations, including Pullen Park, Raleigh Little Theater and Rose Garden, Jaycee Park and Hymettus Woods Park. To date, the students have assisted at 16 projects with 734 hours by 367 volunteers.
The nomination was submitted by Leigh Bragassa, Invasive Program Coordinator , and Gretchen Sedaris, Horticulturist.
From Ashley Deans, Resource Development Manager City of Raleigh “I want to thank you and your students for their volunteer service and partnering with our department over the last several years to assist with invasive removal and tracking at Jaycee Park and Hymettus Woods. This has been a huge help to not only our parks staff but as benefited our parks and the beautification of them.”
Since 1996, the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and the Parks, Recreation and Greenway Advisory Board have awarded Fred Fletcher Awards for Outstanding Volunteerism in the City of Raleigh Parks System to citizens, business, community organizations, and non-profit organizations. The Fred Fletcher Volunteer Awards Program honors Mr. Fletcher’s 54 years of dedicated service to the department as an Advisory Board member and chairman by honoring volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the city’s programs, services, and facilities.