Randolph Hospital hosts green space dedication

ASHEBORO— Randolph Hospital has reinstated the green space that sits on the front lawn of the old hospital entrance.

The lawn, facing North Fayetteville Street, has gone through a three-month transformation from concrete to lush grass and newly planted trees.

To kick off the opening of the green space, Randolph Hospital is partnering with students in the UNITE Club at Charles W. McCrary Elementary School to host a celebration and dedication on Friday, April 30 at 10:15 a.m.

The public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be provided.

As part of the celebration, Trees NC and N.C. Zoo arborist, Robert McCrory, will talk about the importance of creating a green environment and then invite the students to assist with planting a special Chestnut Tree. To conclude the event, the students will play songs about the earth on African drums, led by Assistant Principal Paula Owens.

The Native American Chestnut Tree is a special gift from the City of Asheboro and has been grown from a seedling by Trees NC.

The new green space is made possible by a $42,000 grant from the Randolph Soil and Water Conservation District, a federal agency that works with citizens on programs for the conservation, protection and development of soil, water and related plant and animal resources. This is the first grant Randolph Hospital has received from the agency.

“The hospital desperately needed parking spaces during construction of the Outpatient and Cancer Centers so we temporarily sacrificed our front lawn,” said Samuel Cranford Jr., chairman of the Board at Randolph Hospital.

“Our intent was to convert it back to lawn and we made a commitment to our community to do so following the completion of our construction. The recession caused our management team to delay the project. Our spending today is mostly for necessities. This grant made it possible to follow through and restore the natural area, which is part of our tradition.”

Tim Womick and Owen George of Trees NC provided guidance for planting the trees that now populate the new green space. The goal of their non-profit is to help plant trees in distressed areas. Trees NC raises money from grants, corporate contributions, the city of Asheboro and Randolph County.

The UNITE Club began as a collaboration between the zoo and McCrary Elementary and was designed as an international outreach program to Uganda. Teachers from Asheboro visited Ugandan schools and Ugandan teachers visited Asheboro schools. The UNITE Club is active in the maintenance of a teaching garden and mini pond, and is responsible for the bird feeders around the school. The members also participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count and Arbor Day tree planting.

For more information, contact April Thornton at 629-8885.

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