If you're seeking escape from the bustle of city life, look no further than Lullwater Preserve – a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Emory's campus. Well-used but never crowded, the park has attracted students, faculty, and the Atlanta community for over half a century. Lullwater has always been a favorite spot for members of the Emory Cross Country teams in particular, who can be found blazing the trails of Atlanta daily.
Armed with wheelbarrows, bow rakes and landscape shears, the student athletes laid down over 18 cubic yards of mulch along the muddy trails in addition to cleaning up various overgrown paths. Together, the teammates turned a potentially laborious, time-intensive project into a bonding experience requiring just one sultry summer morning.
Women's team senior Co-Captain Emily Caesar expressed her excitement about the service project: "The trail restoration was a really was a great way to give back and it also allowed us to get to know our newest teammates in a different setting outside of our typical practices."
"All in all, I think the whole team felt a real sense of accomplishment after walking through the paths and seeing how much progress we really made."