June 24, 2011 by Julie Montanaro
Volunteers teamed up with police in Quincy today to spruce up a local park and shut down a seedy drug house.
Men with New Life ministries cut down thick underbrush around this house on Lincoln Street. Police say crooks used that cover to do all sorts of unsavory things. The volunteers also painted over gang graffiti which covered this abandoned house in what locals call the "sub-d" neighborhood.
"That's what we're trying to do is facilitate a new life, a new beginning for our neoghborhoods in Gadsden County and give people ownership," said Quincy Police Officer Mike Wallace. "When people have ownership in where they are and where they libe they tend to take care of things a lot better."
A few blocks away, volunteers and city workers spruced up this park in Lake Skillet. They repaired fences, mowed the grass and painted the basketball court. Children in the neighborhood didn't waste any time in trying out the new digs.
"It's very important especially with the young people that's willing to join. I'm so proud of that," said volunteer Heaston Reese.