Volunteers install new sod at Lindo Park in Phoenix.

In many urban areas, parks and playing fields are overgrown with weeds and have thinning, uneven turf or bare dirt. They are often neglected and barely usable because of unsafe playing surfaces. They do not serve the community and it shows.

Project EverGreen is committed to bringing people together to make a difference in how our yards, parks and communities create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth will officially launch its 2019 Green Spaces are Cool Tour this spring in Detroit, transforming vacant residential lots into a large park the entire community can enjoy.

2019 Green Spaces Are Cool Renovation Tour

  • PhoenixJanuary – Restored the baseball field at Lindo Park.
  • Detroit May – Will transform vacant lots into a community park in the Warrendale neighborhood.
  • New York CityMay – Will build and renovate community gardens on the Lower East side of Manhattan to provide neighborhood families with a place to grow fruits and vegetables, escape the heat of the city and connect with neighbors.
  • Philadelphia – TBD – Will work with the city to improve vacant lots.
  • Knox, KentuckyOctober – Will work with the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Knox to improve youth play fields.

This nationwide initiative will further Project EverGreen’s proud legacy that has improved more than one million square feet of green space in more than 50  communities across the country.

Research has shown a correlation between green spaces, improved air quality and carbon sequestration; reduced heat buildup and soil erosion; and rainfall retention. Access to green spaces has also shown to lower blood pressure, reduce stress, improve attention levels and reduce feelings of fear and anger in both adults and children.

Community green spaces have also been shown to help create closer-knit communities and improve well-being—and in doing so, increasing safety and lowering levels of vandalism.

Why Green Spaces?

2500 sq. ft.
of turf releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe
A child can burn up to
100 Calories
in one hour of active play

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