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More Companies Sign On To Mayor’s ‘Adopt-A-Park’ Program

Tuesday March 23, 2004

Mayor Jerry Abramson today announced that two companies have joined the “Adopt-A-Park” initiative – an pilot program designed to get corporate citizens and neighborhood groups involved in preserving and enhancing the community’s 122 parks.

“Our parks system is a jewel,” Abramson said during a news conference at Shelby Park. “But it’s a jewel that needs constant care – something for which we are all responsible.”

Abramson said Strand Associates, an environmental engineering firm, is adopting Irish Hill Park and Gresham, Smith and Partners, an architectural firm, is adopting Shelby Park.

Last year, Metro Parks officials announced the first park adoption when CARITAS Health Services began work in Iroquois Park. As part of the program, employees from the companies will take part in volunteer projects such as painting, trash pick-up, mulching, plantings, bench construction and other work, Abramson said. Abramson joined Metro Government employees and other volunteers last week in cleaning up Jefferson Memorial Forest.

“Volunteering to improve our parks is a wonderful investment in the future,” Abramson said. “It’s good for employees who are giving back to their community. And it’s certainly good for our parks, which are so vital to our hometown’s quality of life.”

Joining Abramson in today’s announcement were officials from Gresham Smith and Strand as well as Metro Council members Willie Bright and Tina Ward-Pugh who represent neighborhoods surrounding Shelby and Irish Hill parks, respectively.
Companies or groups interested in the Mayor’s Adopt-A-Park program can call Jason Cissell at Metro Parks at 456-3253.