Boat Rock Gets an Upgrade, Thanks to AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant
by Erin DeMarco, AAC Conservation & Advocacy Intern
After hard work by local climbers and volunteers, and about $6,000 in fundraising, Boat Rock, an inspiring boulder field in southwest Atlanta now has a brand new composting toilet! This is a welcome addition, as Boat Rock is a popular spot, and sees a lot of traffic year round. The SCC also recently started an environmental education project for young school kids. The students come to Boat Rock to learn about geology and plant life and do a little climbing afterwards. Surely, their visit will be more enjoyable now and will only help the program grow.
The composting toilet is a tremendous upgrade from the Porta-John they had before; this new toilet is much less stinky and bio-degrades human waste. Not to mention, the facility itself is very attractive, made possible by top quality design and carpentry work. Perhaps its most impressive feature is that is was built entirely by volunteers. Will Eccleston, Matt Walsh, Allison Williams, David Failla, Jordan Mitchell, Shawn Centa, Wes Heath, and Jason Plemmons, two being very competent carpenters, donated about 200 hours to finishing the project. The SCC has already received a lot of positive feedback about the new toilet, and climbers are excited to start using it.
The AAC is thrilled to support another successful human waste management solution, which reduces our impact on the environment. The SCC is also partnering with the Access Fund to help with ongoing maintenance costs. Does your local crag need a little love? Contact your AAC Regional Coordinator to get information on applying for an AAC Cornerstone Conservation Grant.
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