Project EverGreen Partners With Ruppert Landscape
to Revitalize an Important Community Recreation Asset
As part of its “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.™”Initiative, Project EverGreen partnered with Ruppert Landscape and Habitat for Humanity to donate a landscaping face-lift to the Reid Park Community Playground in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The project included planting over 300 new ornamental shrubs and several Maple shade trees, plus weeding, mulching, and installing walkway edging and kid-safe rubber playground mulch – all to provide Reid Park with an enhanced and improved environment for families in the community.
Plants, trees, mulch materials and crew services were donated by Ruppert Landscape and Lowe’s Home Improvement donated permanent steel walkway border edging and rubber playground- safety mulch. The combined in-kind donations of materials and labor totaled nearly $21,000.
Reid Park’s community playground serves nearly 1,000 residents and provides a green, healthy outdoor exercise environment that also includes a stage and bleachers for children’s arts, crafts, education, presentations, and entertainment.
“Our mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces where we live, work and play and the ‘Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.’ Initiative spearheads those efforts,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Parks, athletic fields and recreational play areas are vital to healthy, thriving communities. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment is by mobilizing local green industry contractor volunteers and corporate partners to donate their time, treasure and talents to make this valuable initiative possible.”
Recently conducted national consumer research, sponsored by Project EverGreen, identified the need to bring people together to make a difference in how our yards, parks and communities contribute to creating a greener, cooler, and healthier earth.
Some of the social, economic and lifestyle benefits recreational and athletic green spaces provide include:
• Trees, shrubs and turf remove smoke, dust and other pollutants from the air. One tree can remove 26 pounds of carbon dioxide annually.
• Natural grass recharges and filters groundwater supply and reduces storm water runoff
• Not only does your lawn release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, it lowers temperatures caused by soil and hard surfaces. Lawns can be 31 degrees cooler than asphalt and 20 degrees cooler than bare soil.
• Green spaces improve mental functioning and physical well-being. In fact, residents of areas with the highest levels of greenery were 40 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared to those living in less green space.
• The proper placement of just three trees around a home reduces interior house temperatures, allow air conditioning units to run more efficiently and offer homeowners $100 to $250 in savings annually.
For more information on how you can start a revitalization project in your community, visit Project EverGreenor call 877.758.4835.