Project EverGreen and the Texas Water Smart Foundation Renovate San Antonio’s West End Park Playing Fields

By September 15, 2015News

Project EverGreen and Local Partners Deliver more than $16,000 in Landscape and Turf Enhancements for West End Park Baseball and Soccer Fields

San Antonio, Texas (September 15, 2015) — Project EverGreen and the Texas Water Smart Foundation announce the completion of a “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.”™ and Texas Water Smart project at West End Park in San Antonio, Texas. The park’s baseball and soccer fields were given a needed facelift to provide the area’s families with a safe place to play and exercise. The fields were rehabilitated utilizing Texas Water Smart water conservation techniques to help ensure the green spaces are water efficient and will be maintained into the future.

Working in partnership with the San Antonio Parks & Recreation Department, the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and Texas Water Smart Foundation, Project EverGreen and volunteers including ValleyCrest Landscape Maintenance, Billy Long Enterprises, Keller Material and New Earth Compost provided the materials and labor to restore more than 34,000 sq. ft. of the park’s playing surfaces and entryways.

ValleyCrest, Billy Long Enterprises, Keller Material and New Earth Compost donated the organic materials, fertilizer, plant material, hardscape products, equipment and labor to complete the project. Services provided to the baseball and soccer fields include soil aeration and fertilization, application of soil top dressing, excavating and grading the infield surface, and installation of two new entrance way planting beds and hardscape materials.

“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 landscape industry contractor volunteers to donate their time and talents to make these projects possible.”

“The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and Texas Water Smart Foundation are pleased to partner with Project EverGreen to help improve community recreational fields and green spaces,” said Amy Graham, Chairman of the Texas Water Smart Foundation. “We appreciate the contributions of the project volunteers and the City of San Antonio in establishing this project as a long-term reminder of the importance of outdoor spaces to the environment and an educational opportunity for the residents of San Antonio to learn about water conservation.”

About “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.”
Project EverGreen’s “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” is a nationwide initiative to renovate and revitalize parks and athletic fields to ensure children have access to safe green spaces on which to play and exercise. Yards, parks and athletic fields not only promote a healthier lifestyle but contribute to economic growth, community development and benefit the environment.

Renovation projects are have been completed or scheduled in numerous cities across the United States in 2015 including Fort Worth and Round Rock, Texas; Atlanta; Cleveland; Chicago; Minneapolis; Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina; Milwaukee; and Portland, Oregon.

Key contributors to the nationwide initiative include the Dominion Foundation, Performance Nutrition and the Sports Turf Managers Association. For more information on how you can start a revitalization project in your community, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org or call 877/758-4835.

About Texas Water Smart
Texas Water Smart is a public-private coalition that was launched in the spring of 2012 to promote smart water conservation that improves Texas’ environment and nurtures healthy, thriving lawns and gardens while protecting freedom of businesses to operate responsibly. The Texas Water Smart program educates businesses and families about how they can take simple, pro-active steps to conserve water during drought conditions, and to meet the water needs of our growing population. Over 300 elected officials, private businesses, water suppliers, and trade associations are members of the Texas Water Smart coalition.

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association – Texas Water Smart – Project EverGreen healthy turf initiatives implemented in San Antonio, Round Rock, and Fort Worth are made possible in part due to a water conservation education grant administered by the Texas Water Development Board.

MEDIA EVENT NOTICE
Project EverGreen invites local media members to attend a volunteer recognition event and view the revitalization work being done at West End Park (1401 N. Hamilton Rd., San Antonio 78207) from 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, September 17. Special guests include Xavier Urrutia, acting city manager, City of San Antonio, and Gabriella Tello, volunteer services coordinator, City of San Antonio. Participating volunteer contractors and representatives from the Texas Nursery and Landscape Association and Texas Water Smart Foundation will be available for interviews and members of the media are welcome to film and photograph the event.

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About Project EverGreen
Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen is a national non-profit organization committed to informing the public about the positive effects of well-maintained green spaces in our communities where we live, work and play, including lawns and landscapes, sports turf, golf courses, trees and parks. To learn more about Project EverGreen and to join us in our efforts to restore and repair green spaces in cities nationwide, visit www.ProjectEverGreen.org.

Media Contacts

Cindy Code
Project EverGreen
440.290.4521
cindycode@projectevergreen.org

Jeff Fenner
B Communications
440.525.1840
jfenner@b-communications.com

Brian Mayes
Mayes Media Group
Texas Water Smart Foundation
214.208.5842
BrainMayes@MayesMediaGroup.com

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