It was a labor of love for our local senior citizen's center that resulted in a beautiful, restful serenity park complete with benches, a pergola and water feature just steps away from the facility.
Hundreds of local business leaders and owners, as well as hardworking Eagle scouts stepped up to volunteer and donate to the special project that will bring serenity to the seniors and the entire community for years to come.
Thursday, hundreds gathered for the park's dedication ceremony.
Mt. Juliet City Manager Kenneth Martin was the keynote speaker, along with Mt. Juliet Chamber president Mark Hinesley.
With the soothing sounds of the waterfall built by Roy Garr a perfect backdrop, Martin said "things like this make our community so special."
"A lot of mom and pops businesses stepped up," Martin said to the huge crowd that included dozens of senior citizens. "This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you all for all the hard work."
Both Martin and Hinesley gave a special thanks to war veterans, "ten days out to Veteran's Day."
Hinesley said joint volunteerism that pulled together the park is what makes "this community a place you are proud to raise your family."
Center Director Linda McClanahan was emotional and ecstatic about the new park that has trees, flowers, bushes, mulch, walkways and a shady respite as well as the waterfall.
She said a few years back they gathered a few seniors together and they talked about how the back scape of the facility's grounds was overgrown and with a dilapidated trailer.
"We talked about a park that the seniors could enjoy," she recalled. "I said all things are possible."
And that dream became a reality with the help of both the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet Lowes for donating the sidewalks and patio. Moss' Florist and Garden Center planted an herb garden. Minchey's contributed the border and rock garden. Tom Needham donated landscaping. Eagle Scouts Richard Morgan, Devon Scott and Gus Raymond each contributed a project to the garden as well.
Senior Center officials said there's a long list of other community contributors.
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