Civil War  |  Park Day Volunteer Opportunity

Park Day @ Shoupade Park

Upcoming Event
Saturday, April 17, 2021 @ 8:30 AM

4770 Oakdale Rd
Smyrna, GA 30080

For More Information
Meeting place
Shoupade Park, report at check-in table located in the back of the park easily accessible from Fort Drive, where free street parking is available.
Planned Activities
On Park Day, volunteers will be planting native shade and understory trees for landscaping purposes. You may ask what are native trees? The federal register defines native trees as trees that are 'naturally occurring, either presently or historically, in any ecosystem of the United States.' Before the development of the nursery industry, native plants were the only choice for landscape plantings. Early settlers transplanted dogwood, redbud, oak-leaf hydrangea and other plants with appealing qualities from the woods into their landscapes. Harvesting native plants from the wild for landscape purposes is no longer acceptable and is illegal in some areas. Today, nurseries and garden centers offer a wide variety of native plants. Keep Cobb Beautiful, a nonprofit organization, will provide native trees to Shoupade Park for the Park Day project.
History or Educational Activities
A welcome orientation including a brief history of the Civil War Park.
Should I bring any tools or supplies?
Water bottle, Masks & Pruners
Is there a rain date?
No, the event will continue as planned.
Please note
Park Day at Shoupade Park will be held on April 17th 2021. All volunteers should register by April 15th, 2021 by emailing their full name, phone number and address to, which is the information needed to pre fill the required liability waiver to be signed by each participant on April 17. Shoupade Park is named for its 2 unique 1864 Civil War Shoupade forts designed by Brigadier General Francis A. Shoup that populated the 6 mile Johnstons River Line in Cobb County, Georgia. The park was created by Pulte Homes during construction of the surrounding Pulte Park Avenue housing development and donated to Cobb County in 2010. The River Line Historic Area formed a Friends of Shoupade Park group and adopted the park in September 2017 to raise its level of care with volunteer Friends. This 2 acre park is situated in a historic pocket. The Park's topography offers a panoramic view of the city of Atlanta. Although the main park entrance borders Oakdale Road, the event volunteer check-in table will be located in the back of the park easily accessible from Fort Drive, where free street parking is available. Expect a fun-filled day. Volunteer check-in and refreshments served at 8:30 AM to 9:00 AM. At 9:00 AM there will be a welcome orientation including a brief history of the Civil War Park and the volunteer work to be accomplished on Park Day. The number of volunteers is limited to 25. The volunteer minimum age is 16 years. Teenagers must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and a mask for virus protection. Wear appropriate attire such as closed-toe sturdy work shoes, long pants, gloves, hat, and a long-sleeved cover-up shirt to protect yourself from tree branches & bugs. If you have small hand pruners, please bring them labeled with your name. In case of inclement weather, registered volunteers will be notified by email as soon as cancellation/delay/rescheduling has been determined.

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Search below to find a Park Day event near you.