CLEVELAND, Ohio – To raise awareness and funding for the preservation of parks and recreational green spaces, Project EverGreen is designating July 16-22, 2017 as National “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” Awareness Week. The week will raise recognition of the program and spotlight the program’s efforts to provide safe, well-maintained and accessible parks and recreational green spaces for children and communities across the United States.
“Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” is a nationwide initiative to renovate and revitalize parks and recreational green spaces in urban communities to ensure children have access to a safe place to play and exercise. Managed yards, parks and athletic fields not only promote a healthier lifestyle, but contribute to economic growth, community development and benefit the environment.
“Joining this initiative is an investment in a healthier, happier future for children across the country,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Our goal is to make sure that safe, modern green space is available so children can make exercise, athletics and recreation a part of their daily lives.”
Managed green spaces that include healthy grass, plants and trees results in better park use, increased safety and the creation of a community hub for long-time neighbors, their grandchildren and the next generation moving into the neighborhood. Additionally, the grass, plants and trees will clean the air, sequester carbon and provide oxygen.
Since the program’s inception, renovation projects covering more than 1.6 million sq. ft. of athletic and recreational green spaces have been completed across the country including East Harlem, NY. Hazlet, NJ.; Houston, San Antonio, Round Rock and Ft. Worth, Texas; North Chicago, Il.; Cleveland; Durham and Greensboro, N.C.; West End, Wisc.; Ashland, Ore.; and Minneapolis.