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Volunteers Improve Stansbury Park

Thursday September 21, 2006

$20,000 project utilizes volunteers from The Home Depot

Stansbury Park, one of Louisville’s historic urban parks, was the focus of a significant spruce-up project, thanks to more than 150 volunteers from The Home Depot and Hands On Louisville.  Using $7,000 committed by those organizations – along with the University of Louisville, Citi Cards and Churchill Downs Incorporated – volunteers completed projects such as improving park landscaping, painting structures and refurbishing a sand volleyball court.  The estimated value of the volunteer labor was approximately $13,000.

Stansbury Park, a 7-acre park acquired by the city in 1900, is one of 18 Louisville parks designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.  Originally known as Third Street Playground, the park is located at Eastern Parkway and Third Street, at the edge of the University of Louisville’s campus.  Jane Ramsey – wife of university president James Ramsey, and co-chair of a campus beautification committee – visited the park on Thursday to thank the volunteers for their work.  The university is in discussions with Metro Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy to collaborate on a new master plan for Stansbury Park. 

During September, Hands On Network is mobilizing thousands of corporate volunteers as part of the second annual national Corporate Month of Service.  More than 40,000 volunteers and more than 1,000 community partners will positively impact more than 1,000 communities across North America.

“It’s very rewarding to see the improvements we’ve made in Stansbury Park today,” said David Hagan, Hands On Louisville’s board chairman.  “The Corporate Month of Service is an opportunity for businesses like The Home Depot and others to make an impact in Louisville, and we’ve certainly done that.  This park is a place where students from the University of Louisville can interact with residents of surrounding neighborhoods, strengthening bonds between students and the community.  Improving the park only increases the opportunity for that interaction.”

“Through Mayor Jerry Abramson’s ‘City of Parks’ initiative, we are investing in our 123 public parks at an unprecedented level, while working to acquire and develop thousands of acres of new park land,” said Mike Heitz, director of Metro Parks.  “It’s clear that we can’t do it alone, and this community has stepped up in a big way to support the Mayor’s initiative, through contributions to 21st Century Parks and the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and through participation in a record number of volunteer projects in our parks and community centers.”  Other recent volunteer efforts have included refurbishments of Parkhill Community Center and Newburg Community Center, and significant landscaping projects in Shawnee Park and California Park.

As the world’s largest home improvement retailer, The Home Depot embraces its role as a leader in social responsibility and celebrates its long-standing commitment to giving back to the communities where its associates live and work.