We’ve encouraged people and institutions in this space before to meet the needs of their community where they see them, instead of waiting for someone else – namely the government – to do so.
Our hats are off to the members of the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha for doing just that.
Sorority members have embarked on a multi-year effort to improve one of Zebulon’s real treasures: Gill Street Park.
The group was deliberate in its decision to adopt the park as a project. They reviewed several other park facilities in eastern and northern Wake County before settling on the Gill Street Park.
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In choosing that park as the site of their work, they have chosen a facility that had seen better days, one that sits in a less desirable part of town, but still serves a lot of people.
Sorority members have exceedingly high ambitions for what they want to do to improve the tree-lined park that sits across the street from the elegant Zebulon Town Cemetery.
It remains to be seen if the group will be able to do all it hopes to accomplish at the park, but they are due our respect for setting lofty goals.
The park, once surrounded by a high, uninviting chain link fence and littered with broken liquor bottles, is now a large expanse of green grass and colorful playground equipment.
The women of Alpha Kappa Alpha have done more than throw money at the park. They’ve invested their own sweat equity into their effort along with their financial resources.
We should hold up the Chi Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha as exhibit number one in the case for how civic involvement by our local residents and institutions can make our community a better place.