Johns Creek Beautification was proud to present a check for $5,000 to the Johns Creek Veterans Association on Oct. 14, 2014. The funds were used to help complete landscaping at the entrance plaza of the new Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk in Newtown Park on Old Alabama Road.
Board members Linda Westcott Johnson, Cindy Jenkins, Denise Wagner and Chuck Wilkinson presented the check to Johns Creek Veterans Association President Wayne Kidd and Treasurer Jim Williamson.
As fellow board member Linda Johnson mentioned in a recent nortfulton.com article, “We are honored to contribute to the new JC Veterans Memorial as a means to show our dedication and support for our city’s true heroes." It was, in fact, deeply gratifying to make this donation knowing that it would help ready the entrance for the memorial's Nov. 7 dedication and would help contribute to a unique and truly special feature in our city. It was most definitely in keeping with our mission to preserve and enhance the natural beauty in our common areas and public space.
The Johns Creek Veterans Memorial Walk is situated on a four acres of Newtown Park and is a handicap-accessible, landscaped trail with black granite memorials commemorating major U.S. conflicts dating from World War I. The entrance of the plaza features a brick sitting wall and flags for each branch of service.
As proud as we are for the small gift we made toward this project, we are also in awe, and extend our thanks, to everyone who supported and contributed to this project. Thanks to generous donations from the community, the Veterans association was able to complete this project without tax dollars. A significant amount of money was raised through the sale of personalized pavers which have been laid in front of the black granite memorials. Pavers are still available, and they make a pretty neat gift for the holidays. Visit the Veterans Association page at www.johnscreekga.gov for paver information.
The term "raising awareness" has entered into our everyday language. We are constantly being made aware of environmental issues, our habits and our vulnerabilities. While there are numerous worthy causes, our cause is simple: to drive to a beautiful, clean community that exudes pride and purpose... to a place we call home.
Johns Creek Beautification is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that has been formed to enhance and preserve the natural beauty in our common areas and public spaces through landscape installations, environmental preservation and public works of art.
The beginnings of JCB took root prior to the creation of the city of Johns Creek with the Medlock Bridge Beautification Project on SR 141, which was executed under the stewardship of the Johns Creek Community Association (JCCA). Community and state leaders worked together with the JCCA to formalize plans and to secure and facilitate $100,000 in grants from the Fulton County Tree Fund, along with donations from local businesses, to ensure the successful installation of Phase I.
Today, the JCB continues that tradition. We work closely with the City of Johns Creek to help secure grants for landscaping and beautification projects. In fact, JCB donations of $15,000 helped the city obtain more than $130,000 in grants to fund landscaping at Jones Bridge and Abbots Bridge and at States Bridge Road, Kimball Bridge as well as landscaping for the planned Kimball Bridge Multi-Use Trail project.
Help us continue this return on investment.
We believe that beauty, in its many forms, calms or ignites the soul. Our goal is to raise awareness in a different way…..to initiate projects and to be involved in establishing and maintaining a standard of living that contributes to the visual and physical comfort of the citizens and businesses of Johns Creek.