Built in the 1930S, it may be hard for some to imagine Lincoln without the Sunken Gardens, but after budget cuts threatened the local fixture residents stepped in to preserve the park.
"As cities grow, and as the city parks department in Lincoln grew, we ran out of funding from the government so we had to look to volunteers," said City of Lincoln Horticulturist, Steven Nosal.
Boy Scout Leader Jordan Luke said he's happy to lend his green thumb for a good cause.
"It's great to see people out here working together to keep this beautiful place in line for everybody else so they can continue to use it year after year," said Luke.
Organizers of the event said they're trying to keep the gardens modern while implementing an old fashioned touch.
"What people are doing is an ancient technique of turning the soil, or double digging," said Nosal. "We turn the dirt over and put some compost on it."
Whether they're turning the soil, double digging, or just playing in the dirt, volunteers said they're just happy to be part of something that will last a lifetime.
"When you have your hands dirty and when you come back to see it, it just gives you a better sense of pride and accomplishment knowing that you played a role in keeping this place beautiful," said Luke.