Every time I drove by the Elm and Atlantic garden I was distracted by the traffic bollards — those short vertical posts made of concrete and steel that spanned the perimeter of the lot on both the Atlantic and Elm sides of the lot.
They were painted a garish bright yellow that was streaked with rust, as was the steel cable that threaded through them to keep people from parking in the lot once the building on it was razed. They essentially served as a frame for the garden and not a very esthetically pleasing one either.
I used the past tense above because yesterday a group from the Youth Ministry E.P.I.C. (Every Person in Christ) Teens from Blessed Sacrament Parish gave up their Sunday afternoon to give them two coats of hunter green paint, which looks 100% better.
Blessed Sacrament was the church Gregg Snyder and his family attended, and the Youth Minister, Brooke (Verbosky) Steines, graduated from JFK in 1998 with Gregg. Gregg’s friends and family have been essential to the success of this project and Sunday’s volunteers are just the latest example.
They are from left to right in the photo above: Sarah Garvin, Alexa Goffos, Brooke (Verbosky) Steines, Christian Houser, & Maddie D’Amico. Tim from Vista Windows also volunteered and was a painting machine! Thank you all!