Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids” renovates Cobb County, GA park

Project EverGreen announces the completion of the first 2015 “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation project with the enhancement of the entranceway to Wallace Park in Mableton, Cobb County, GA.

Working in partnership with the Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), Project EverGreen and industry and community volunteers, led by Ruppert Landscape, designed and delivered a much-needed face lift to restore and renew the landscape at the park’s entrance. The park is home to 11 Step Up to the Plate youth baseball teams with 130 players, as well as 9 Wallace Park Falcons teams of the Northwest Georgia Youth Football League.

The renovation project was completed over several days during the week of April 6 and included more than 90 man-hours of labor to install new trees, shrubs and flowering plants, as well as 3,300 square feet of Bermudagrass sod, installed onsite by Cobb County PRCA.

Ruppert Landscape organized the donations of nursery stock, sod and organic materials with fellow Cobb County green industry supplier partners including John Deere Landscapes, Buck Jones Nurseries and North Georgia Turf & Sod. In-kind donations for the project totaled more than $10,500 in value.

On Saturday, April 11, Wallace Park hosted the “Step Up to the Plate” Baseball Association players, coaches and parents, who joined community and PRCA officials and Project EverGreen volunteers to help put the finishing touches on the project and hold a brief recognition ceremony.

“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 landscaping contractor volunteers, like Ruppert Landscape, to donate their time and talents to meet community needs.”

Ruppert Landscape has a long-standing history of contributing time, labor, equipment, and material resources to revitalize community environments.

“Giving back is a part of our DNA, and each year we allocate a percentage of our revenues expressly to donate our services to restore and renew community green spaces,” says Thor Grenier, branch manager for Ruppert Landscape’s Mableton, Ga., facility.

“We appreciate Project EverGreen and Ruppert Landscape’s efforts to complete this much needed restoration and beautification of Wallace Park and its deserving community,” says Eddie Canon, director, Cobb County PRCA.

Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” was created to restore and revitalize green spaces, including sports fields and parks, where children can play, exercise and socially connect with their peers. Not only do these spaces ensure children have a safe surface on which to play and exercise, but they also promote a healthier lifestyle, improve the environment and contribute to economic growth and community development.

“Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation projects, in collaboration with the Sports Turf Managers Association, are scheduled to be held in numerous cities across the United States in 2015 including Cleveland; Chicago; Minneapolis; Raleigh; Charlotte; Milwaukee; Dallas; San Antonio; Austin; Portland, Ore.; and Indianapolis. If you’re interested in partic