Bank of America employees recently turned volunteers to spend a day giving Walter Meyers Nursery in Rouge Park some TLC.
With the help of Greening of Detroit and American Forests, they cleaned the area to show some old-fashioned civic pride.
The volunteer work was part of a larger, on-going effort of the two nonprofits to reforest and revitalize the city that was once as the “The City of Trees.” Bank of America has provided funding to the two organizations to develop the citywide reforestation plan and revitalize and restore local nurseries such as Meyers Nursery, which is now a job training center for the nursery trade.
Last spring, Bank of America planted 200 trees at the nursery to provide much-need tree stock to reestablish Detroit’s tree canopy and street tree inventory and Detroit’s former reputation as a beautiful “City of Trees.”
The project was also part of an ongoing attempt by Bank of America give back to the communities it has set up shop in and allow its employees to know the customers they serve a little better.
Bank of America’s efforts may do more than just beautify the city. It may help take us all back in time to when Detroit and its tree-lined streets were known as “The Paris of the Midwest”… at least visually.