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Increasing the GREEN for David Park Community Center

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Article by: John A. Harris, CF, RCA, CA, TRAQ, CLI (Earth Advisors in Hollywood)

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Giving back - More than a dozen volunteers worked to install a new landscape at the David Park Community Center in Hollywood, Florida. COURTESY PHOTO

An FNGLA Convention Service Project, Ft. Lauderdale 

The planting of a new entrance landscape, playground perimeter hedge, and 2 new canopy trees, was a fast afternoon project for our FNGLA volunteers the day prior to the official start of the FNGLA Annual Convention. 14 members from FNGLA chapters across the state and their hardworking family members moving plants, installing shrubs, weeding, mulching, and generously giving back with their efforts. Starting our 2017 Convention with service to a local community center was the right thing to do.  

The choice for bringing a new sustainable landscape to the David Park Community Center in Hollywood, FL, came from a three-month review process of service centers and facilities serving children and special needs populations in South Florida. Our FNGLA President Robert Shoelson had a vision to improve a property where kids can experience the benefits of a well planned, sustainable landscape. A team reviewed, and interviewed, over 22 properties before deciding on the David Park Community Center. Here, there are daytime and evening programs serving children, at risk youth, special need youth, adults, and seniors. It is a busy place all year round. 

Some instant gratification was gained at the end of the afternoon, when approximately 100 children returned from a field trip and were greeted by the new landscape. Yes, excitement was felt by all, and lots of smiles were shared. Volunteers also got to walk through the results with the City of Hollywood’s Dale Bryant (Landscape Architect) and Joshua Collazo (Grounds and Urban Forestry Supervisor). There was a clear and palatable sense of pride of ownership among those who were part of the effort.

FNGLA  succeeds through the leadership and participation of it’s members, and this service project was a GREEN first step into the 2017 Convention-- the place to B!


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