Project EverGreen, a national non-profit promoting the value of preserving and revitalizing managed green spaces, is bringing its "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." initiative to parks in Greensboro and Durham, North Carolina.
These undertakings are three of more than a dozen "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." projects that have been completed or that are scheduled across the United States.
Working in partnership with the cities of Durham and Greensboro Parks and Recreation Departments, Project EverGreen and industry volunteers will provide the materials and labor to restore more than 135,000 sq. ft. of playing surfaces at Greensboro's Penn-Wright and Levette baseball fields (April 5), and Durham's Red Maple Park (April 8).
The parks' playing surfaces are being given a needed facelift to provide the thousands of aspiring local and out-of-state athletes who use the fields for recreational league and tournament play with a safe place to play games and practice. The initiative will also contribute to the positive economic impact each park offers to their community and continue to foster a sense of community in each city.
The initiative includes weed control and fertilization; reseeding and application of soil top dressing; installing infield arc and outfield edge sod; and excavating, grading and replacing the infield surfaces with a new clay mixture. Installation of new plant material and trees, brush removal and tree trimming, and general clean-up of the green spaces at each of the facilities.
North Carolina green industry volunteers supporting the Durham Red Maple Park project include Albaugh, LLC, Brickman Group, Cardinal, Nufarm and SipcamAdvan. Also joining the effort are Durham community volunteers including Patricia Nobles James, a Red Maple Park community resident and founder of the Durham Long Ball Project benefitting inner-city youth baseball players.
Greensboro project contributors include Nature's Select Premium Turf Services and its partner company, New Garden Select; Site One Landscape Supply and Syngenta Lawn & Garden employee volunteers.
"Our mission is to preserve and enhance green spaces where we live, work and play," says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. "Parks, sports fields and recreational play areas are vital to healthy, thriving communities. One of the ways we demonstrate our commitment is by mobilizing generous local green industry contractor volunteers and corporate partners to donate their time, treasure and talents to make this valuable initiative possible."
For more information on how you can start a revitalization project in your community, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org/ or call 877-758-4835.