Staff from all departments within WC Smith, along with colleagues from WCS Construction, District Electrical Services, Property Services and Building Bridges Across the River volunteered to refurbish the William Lockridge baseball field and beautify Oxon Run Park in southeast DC, as part of WC Smith’s annual Community Service Day.
In 2011, the company refurbished what was then a neglected field, replacing an overgrown dirt diamond with a new grass field, with an irrigation system, dugouts, backstop and fencing.
Among other tasks, this year the volunteers:
- built and painted coverings for the baseball field dugouts;
- donated and painted a storage container, and painted one that was at the field; cleared drains to help prevent flooding in the outfield;
- landscaped around the field and park
- removed countless wheelbarrows’ full of brush, vines and trash from along Oxon Run and in the park
Wanda Lockridge, William’s widow, brought her son and grandchildren to see the work. She remarked how the work we did 12 years ago “changed the trajectory for so many children living in the neighborhood,” and noted that the team did a “marvelous job” with the field this time.