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Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids™ Renovates Cobb County, Georgia Park
By Jeff Fenner, B Communications

Eddie Canon, director, Cobb County Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs (left), and Michael Joyce, national projects manager, Project EverGreen (right), talk to players from the Step Up to the Plate baseball league. The ceremony recognized the "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." renovation project at Wallace Park in Cobb County, Ga.

Players from the Step Up to the Plate baseball league pitch in with the renovation project by spreading pine needles around newly planted trees.

Project EverGreen completed the first 2015 "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids."™ renovation project with the enhancement of the entranceway to Wallace Park in Mableton, Cobb County, Ga.

Ruppert Landscape donated pro bono design and installation services, delivering a much-needed facelift to restore and renew the landscape at the park's entrance. The firm worked in partnership with Cobb County Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department (PRCA), Project EverGreen and industry and community volunteers.

The park is home to 11 Step Up to the Plate youth baseball teams with 130 players, as well as nine 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 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," said 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," said Thor Grenier, branch manager for its Mableton, Ga., facility.

Project EverGreen's "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." was created to restore and revitalize green spaces. This includes 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. These revitalized spaces improve the environment and contribute to economic growth and community development.

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