On Saturday, thousands of members of the Yale community volunteered in soup kitchens, cleaned parks, and built new homes at locations worldwide as part of the university’s sixth annual Day of Service
In Louisville, Kentucky, Dean Peter Crane
did his part working on a project with deep F&ES roots.
Crane joined more than two-dozen other Yalies working the soil at the Parklands of Floyds Fork
, an innovative network of urban parks created by Daniel Jones
’84 B.A. ’06 M.F., chairman and CEO of 21st
Century Parks Inc., a Louisville-based nonprofit.
Crane was the only Yale dean to participate in this year’s Day of Service, an event launched by the Association of Yale Alumni in 2009.
“The annual Day of Service is great new Yale tradition and an opportunity for us all to make a difference in our communities,” he said. “This year was a particular delight for me to join Yale alums in Louisville to be part of a visionary and internationally significant project led by one of our School’s most distinguished alums.”
Established in 2010, the Parklands is a network of four separate parks linked by a 19-mile stretch of Floyds Fork, a tributary of Kentucky’s Salt River.
The park system is operated by 21st
Century Parks and is funded by donors, members, and an endowment. When fully integrated, the public park will offer more than 100 miles of walking and biking trails in addition to campgrounds, public gardens, fishing and water recreation areas.
“Yale’s Day of Service at The Parklands of Floyds Fork was a great opportunity to share Yale’s commitment to service and to the environment,” Jones said. “My team and I greatly appreciate the help, and enjoyed introducing the largest fully funded metropolitan parks project in the nation to the Yale community!"
On Saturday, a heavy morning downpour washed away plans to plant native shrubs and trees, said Kristin Floyd
, assistant director of the F&ES Office of Alumni Services and one of the volunteers. But the skies were clear enough for volunteers to dig up weeds and patches of garlic mustard plants along the trails of Beckley Creek Park, she said.
The day’s events also included tours and some environmental education for the children, Floyd said. “So the kids learned a lot,” she said. “And they had fun splashing in the puddles.”
This year’s Day of Service included projects at more than 250 sites in 38 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and more than a dozen nations worldwide.