A great cause continues to make a big difference across the country.
Project EverGreen, a national non-profit promoting the value of preserving and revitalizing managed green spaces, recently brought its “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids” initiative to parks in the cities of Greensboro and Durham, North Carolina.
The North Carolina projects are three of more than a dozen “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids” initiatives that are scheduled for completion across the country in 2016.
Working in partnership with the Cities of Durham and Greensboro Parks and Recreation Departments, Project EverGreen and industry volunteers provided materials and labor — valued at more than $21,000 — to restore more than 135,000 square feet of playing surfaces at Greensboro’s Penn-Wright and Levette baseball fields and Durham’s Red Maple Park. The parks’ playing surfaces were given a facelift to provide local athletes who use the fields for recreational league and tournament play with a safe surface to play games and practice.
The initiative included weed control and fertilization, reseeding and an application of soil topdressing, installing infield arc and outfield edge sod and excavating, grading and replacing the infield surfaces with a new clay mixture. Installation of new plant material and trees, brush removal and tree trimming and general clean-up of the green spaces were also done at each of the facilities.
North Carolina green industry volunteers that supported the Durham Red Maple Park project included Albaugh, LLC, Brickman Group, Cardinal, Nufarm and SipcamAdvan. Joining the efforts were several Durham community volunteers, including Patricia Nobles James, a Red Maple Park community resident and founder of the Durham Long Ball Project benefitting inner-city youth baseball players.
“Our mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces where we live, work and play,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Parks, sports fields and recreational play areas are vital to healthy, thriving communities. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment is by mobilizing generous local green industry contractor volunteers and corporate partners to donate their time, treasure and talents to make this valuable initiative possible.”
Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids” is a nationwide initiative to renovate and revitalize parks and athletic fields to ensure children have access to safe managed green spaces on which to play and exercise.
“Given the need for improvements and the substantial use both fields endure, the two fields were ideal to meeting the goals of Project EverGreen,” said Wade Walcutt, director of Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. “This turf repair project with Project EverGreen shows our department’s commitment to creating economic impacts, advancing conservation, rejuvenating health and wellness, and enhancing quality of life in Greensboro.”