Friends of City Park Awarded Grant to Increase Park Recycling
Friends of City Park announced today that the Park has been selected as a recipient of a Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the State’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.
This year’s grant, in the amount of $5,750, will facilitate the expansion of City Park’s composting program. This expansion is a unique educational opportunity for residents of all ages and will support the beautification of park spaces through a ready supply of landscaping material.
Grant funds will be used to purchase an industrial screener to sift through the non-compostable material that may have made it into our compost such as rocks. The compost will be stored in custom-built bins located within the Botanical Garden for convenient use and access. The material will then be utilized by volunteers to maintain the 12 acres of gardens and 2,000 varieties of plants within the Botanical Garden.
Composting lessons for the general public will be incorporated into educational sessions within the Botanical Garden, such as the Growing Gardeners program which introduces children to the fun of gardening while learning about plants, food, and ecosystems. In addition, we will participate in the Great American Cleanup in the spring of 2016 and highlight our composting efforts at our annual Earth Day celebration. Information will be posted on the City Park Green webpage at http://neworleanscitypark.com/info/city-park-green and distributed through social media.
The mission of Friends of City Park is to maintain and increase the value and importance of City Park as a place of natural beauty, culture, recreation, and education for the public. All monies raised by Friends of City Park (FOCP) will be used for the capital needs of City Park at the discretion of the FOCP Executive Board. FOCP is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization pursuant to section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a registered charity with the Louisiana Secretary of State’s Office.
About City Park
City Park is distinguished by its large menu of sports and recreational activities, attractions for children, and its natural beauty. City Park has a special place in the hearts of generations of New Orleanians and is a must visit for visitors to the city. As a popular place to picnic, play a favorite sport, wander through its gardens or take a boat ride- the park receives millions of visitors each year. It is located in the heart of the city and is the largest recreation area for the entire metropolitan area. Attractions include: City Putt, New Orleans Botanical Garden, Storyland fairytale playground, the Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, and numerous athletic venues. The 1,300 acres of parkland provide enjoyment for young children playing on our playgrounds and walkers, joggers, and bicyclists winding through the park’s streets and trails.
About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a litter free Louisiana. Each year, KLB awards competitive Healthy Communities Grants to organizations across the State as part of its efforts to “promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.” Last year over 23,000 people volunteered more than 107,000 hours with KLB’s affiliates. These volunteers picked up 670,000 lbs. of roadway and waterway litter in an effort to keep our state beautiful.