Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 980 in Clyde, N.C., cosponsored a municipal park’s grand reopening celebration in May. The community picnic included a free hot dog lunch, cookies, a clown, face painting and socializing.
River’s Edge Park has served as an overflow area that diverts floodwaters away from homes and businesses in heavy rains. However, repeated flood events made it difficult to maintain as a public park.
The renovation replaced a sidewalk with a natural path, stabilized eroding stream banks and planted more than 100 water-absorbent river birch trees to support the park’s dual purpose as a flood zone and public space.