HARRISBURG, GEORGIA – Several local groups have created a new retreat for hundreds of local veterans.
Veterans Peace Park in Harrisburg was dedicated on Saturday. A place that warriors can find serenity through growing any plant or vegetable they want.
A veteran once owned the land where the individual plots now stand. A place several local groups have worked to clean up and create a haven for war heroes in Harrisburg.
“It gives them a place where they can gradually re-acclimate. Redevelop their social skills. build their tolerances at their speed and level,” Air Force Veteran Tim Hollobaugh told WJBF News Channel 6.
The Air Force Veteran says the park is essentially a treatment area for warriors across the board that doesn’t segregate them because of their health or mental conditions.
“Recovery model treatment works best with P.T.S.D. this is a recovery model type program. It allows them to set their pace, set their goals, control their lives and their recovery instead of just depending on therapy and medication,” Hollobaugh said.
The garden is also a sign of regrowth for some of the people at Saturday’s park dedication.
“I’ve been living in Augusta all my life and there’s been a lot of negative things I’ve been involved in and just to give back to my community in a positive way and give back to these veterans,” said William Johnson with the Augusta Transition Center.
Volunteers have worked countless hours to create the sanctuary that they hope is only the start of more to come. A true victory for the entire community.
“It gives everybody a sense of solitude. they can come here plant their garden, grow their crops in peace. it’s a beautiful place,” said Ronnie Dunn, a volunteer with the Augusta Transition Center.
Volunteers tell WJBF News Channel 6 they hope to add pavements to make it wheelchair friendly, so everyone can have access to planting in the garden.
If you would like to volunteer or make a donation please visit Augusta Warrior Project or Augusta Locally Grown. The group is also looking for property in South Augusta for their next community garden.