More than 100 volunteers including lawn and landscape professionals participating in SiteOne’s 23rd Annual Women in the Green (WIGI) Conference, industry suppliers and local residents collaborated to deliver much needed repairs to the park’s turf playing surfaces, playgrounds and infrastructure.
More than 100 volunteers including lawn and landscape professionals participating in SiteOne’s 23rd Annual Women in the Green (WIGI) Conference, industry suppliers and residents collaborated to deliver much needed repairs to the park’s turf playing surfaces, playgrounds and infrastructure to restore it into a vibrant neighborhood hub where amateur athletes can safely compete, children can play on a cool surface and neighbors can gather and relax.
“The goal of the WIGI conference is to help women grow in the green industry, so we were thrilled to partner with Project EverGreen to extend their mission while allowing attendees to learn from one another and better the Tucson community,” says Amber Baker, conference organizer and division marketing manager, west for SiteOne Landscape Supply.
By collaborating with volunteers across the country, revitalizing public parks and green spaces is possible, and Project EverGreen and its partners are leading the way.
“Neighborhoods deserve a healthy community park and green space that they can call their own,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Thriving parks create a community hub for neighbors – young and old – to meet and connect in a healthy, cool environment. Healthy green spaces also help instill community pride and confidence and establish a safe environment for a vibrant neighborhood.”
More than 100 irrigation heads and installation and programing of a new controller to more effectively and efficiently manage the park’s irrigation system.
Kennedy Park, one of more than 128 parks across Tucson, is a source of great pride for neighborhood residents. It serves as a connection point for new and old residents as they bond over community green spaces and other neighborhood activities, while promoting the health and environmental benefits that come with green spaces.
The Kennedy Park project covered nearly 5 acres of the spacious 20-acre park. The volunteer work included:
Replacement of more than 100 irrigation heads and installation and programing of a new controller to more effectively and efficiently manage the park’s irrigation system. Irrigation materials were donated by Hunter Industries, Rain Master, Corona Tools and SiteOne.
Application of a low-impact fertilizer to promote turf growth and prevent harmful weeds and disease on the park’s turf.
Painting park benches so visitors have a pleasant place to sit and relax while connecting with friends and family.
Cleaning up desert and landscape debris.
The renovated area of Kennedy Park, which is three parks in one, is considered the most desirable area to visit since it’s away from busier areas of the park. The work done by Project EverGreen, SiteOne and volunteers will hopefully spur the city to further enhance the park through the addition of a new playground and renovated bathrooms.
According to Mike Hayes, deputy director, Tucson Parks and Recreation Department, the project will further the city’s renovation efforts forward and is a win/win for the entire neighborhood.
.Brent Dennis, Tucson director of parks and recreation, Amber Baker, SiteOne, Cindy Code, Project EverGreen, and Mike Hayes, Tucson deputy director, at today’s KennedyPark renovation project.
“On behalf of all of your new friends at Tucson Parks and Recreation, thank you to Project EverGreen’s and SiteOne’s awesome volunteers,” says Brent Dennis, director, Tucson Parks and Recreation. “The donation of valuable skills, energetic enthusiasm and transformative improvements helped create a greener, healthier and more beautiful park for our community to enjoy.”
Since 2006, Project EverGreen has renovated more than 50 community parks across the United States totaling 100,000 acres as part of its GreenCare for Communities initiative.