GCSA renovates field for Foster Care Kids

By and |  July 8, 2013

Volunteers from the Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association have delivered more than $40,000 worth of goods and services to transform a weedy, pot-holed pasture into a 60,000 sq. ft. sports field for boys and young men in the state’s foster care system. The project took place at Goshen Valley Boys Ranch in Waleska.

“It had been a dream of mine for years that the pasture could become a playing field,” says the ranch’s vice-chairman, Zach Blend. “It sits in front of the majority of our housing so I felt it could be such a centerpiece. Everything that has transpired around this project has been pretty extraordinary. The field we have now is beautiful but to see the connections made and the fellowship between the superintendents and the young men of Goshen Valley during the process has been unbelievable.”

Goshen Valley has six residences on a 300-acre cattle ranch that serves 10- to 21- year olds, many of whom have been victims of abuse or neglect. The ranch has the highest occupancy rate of any system facility in the state.

Services provided to the facility included Patriot bermudagrass sod, an underground irrigation system and grading work.

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