Project EverGreen, Cleveland, and the Sports Turf Managers Association, Lawrence, Kansas, the City of West Palm Beach Parks and Recreation Department and local volunteers teamed up Jan. 12 at Howard Park in West Palm Beach, Florida, to give the 13-acre park’s softball field a makeover.
The field needed a renovation to keep it a vibrant part of the community. Because the field receives heavy usage, the multi-use outfield needed enhancements to enable it to become a safe, sustainable playing surface. Volunteers, including sports field managers, lawn care professionals, landscape contractors and groundskeepers, assisted with the transformation valued at more than $50,000.
“Neighborhoods deserve healthy parks or community green spaces 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 connect. Parks help to build community pride and confidence in residents and create spaces to safely exercise and enjoy the great outdoors.”
STMA supported the renovation project by having more than 70 professional sport turf managers on site.
“We were thrilled to be a part of this important project and bring a well-managed and playable ballpark to a deserving community,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of the STMA. “To use our professional expertise and know-how and bring a plan like this to life is a win-win for everyone.”
Leah Rockwell, West Palm Beach director of parks and recreation, says the renovation project is a wonderful opportunity for the city, Howard Park and park patrons.
“Our staff had a wonderful opportunity to work alongside these highly experienced sports turf maintenance professionals, and their sharing of knowledge and tricks of the trade is immeasurable,” adds Rockwell.