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The GreenCare for Communities enhancement project at Raleigh’s Sanderford Road Park will focus on three areas of the park – the community center entry, central path island and the baseball field area. The project will include planting new trees and shrubs and maintenance and upkeep tasks.
Partner donors for this project include the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Ruppert Landscape.
Why Are Green Spaces and Parks Important to Communities
Green spaces in parks contribute to the physical, mental, and social well-being of communities. They offer a multifaceted array of benefits that make neighborhoods more livable, healthier, and enjoyable for residents. They play a crucial role in enhancing the well-being of communities for several reasons:
Physical Health – Green spaces provide opportunities for physical activities such as walking, jogging, or playing sports. Access to such spaces encourages a more active lifestyle, contributing to better physical health and fitness.
Mental Health – Nature has been linked to improved mental well-being. Green spaces in parks offer a respite from the hustle and bustle of urban life, providing a peaceful environment that can reduce stress, anxiety, and depression.
Social Interaction – Parks with green spaces serve as communal areas where people can gather, socialize, and engage in recreational activities. This fosters a sense of community and strengthens social bonds among residents.
Environmental Benefits – Green spaces contribute to environmental sustainability. They absorb carbon dioxide, release oxygen, and support biodiversity. Urban greenery helps mitigate the urban heat island effect and improves air quality.
Aesthetic Value – Well-designed green spaces enhance the aesthetic appeal of neighborhoods and cities. Beautiful parks can create a positive atmosphere and contribute to a sense of pride and identity within a community.
Educational Opportunities – Parks with green spaces offer educational opportunities for residents, especially children. Learning about nature, ecosystems, and wildlife within these environments can foster environmental awareness and a connection to the natural world.
Property Value – Proximity to well-maintained parks and green spaces can positively impact property values. People often prefer to live in areas with easy access to recreational areas and natural beauty.
Project EverGreen’s Impact
Parks, lawns, landscapes and maintained green spaces help to mitigate temperature increases in communities and significantly reduce energy use and cooling costs. Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Communities initiative has made a significant impact. Since 2008, Project EverGreen and its partners have renovated community parks and public green spaces totaling more than 200 million square feet of living green space.
Through its nationwide base of professional volunteers, Project EverGreen has connected people, plants, and their communities to maximize the health of grass, plants, and trees, which in turn sequesters carbon and cleans the air. The initiative supports healthy green spaces in neighborhoods and cities, enabling maintained green spaces to function as the lungs of the city and offsetting the negative effects of a warming environment.
Community Volunteer Opportunity
Wednesday, March 20
Project EverGreen’s GreenCare for Communities initiative not only revitalizes parks and athletic fields, but it establishes close ties with the communities that are the beneficiaries of these projects. The upcoming Sanderford Road Park project in Raleigh, North Carolina has an opportunity on Wednesday, March 20 for community members to contribute.
The Raleigh Parks Maintenance staff invites community members to help them plant and mulch the new landscaped areas. It is a great opportunity for new and experienced gardeners alike! No prior experience necessary.
For complete information on duties, work environment and requirements, visit https://bit.ly/3IdUWn7