Orlando Named Playful City USA Community and City’s Engelwood Neighborhood Center Community Garden Wins $20,000 Grant
May 18, 2016 – ORLANDO, FL – The City is committed to providing and enhancing amenities for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy, ensuring Orlando is a City for everyone.
Part of that effort includes providing green places and spaces for our residents to gather and interact.
Today Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer is making two announcements that will help further those efforts.
Playful City USA Recognition
The City of Orlando has again been named a Playful City USA community. This is the ninth year in a row Orlando has received this recognition, which is tied for the most in Florida.
The KaBOOM! Playful City USA program, sponsored by the Humana Foundation, annually honors cities and towns across the United States who are taking steps to make it easy for all kids to get the balanced and active play they need to thrive.
“Playgrounds are part of our continued commitment to providing a diverse array of amenities and enhancing the lives of residents,” Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer said. “Working with residents, we’re helping ensure that our children have safe and fun playgrounds that are critical to their cognitive, creative, social, emotional and physical development.”
Fifty-two playgrounds are located at City parks and recreation centers. In the past year, the City updated playgrounds at Pleasant Valley Park, the Engelwood Neighborhood Center and Citrus Square Recreation Site. This year, playgrounds will be upgraded at Mathews Park and Malibu Groves Park.
Community Garden Project Wins Grant Competition
The City’s Engelwood Neighborhood Center Community Garden has been selected as the winner of the $20,000 grant from the National Recreation and Park Association, Disney | ABC Television Group and ESPN as part of its Parks Build Community campaign.
The garden was one of three City park projects eligible for the grant, and Orlando residents were able to vote daily online in April for their favorite project.
“Through our Green Works initiative, Orlando has become the most sustainable City in the southeast and part of that achievement comes from our focus on transforming our urban environment to further connect our neighborhoods through parks and unique public spaces for our residents to gather, share, relax and interact,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “I am proud Orlando is a part of the Parks Build Community competition and how this partnership will help us continue to further these efforts.”
The $20,000 grant will help revamp the garden’s irrigation and upgrade tools to help students who participate in City youth programs at the neighborhood center learn not only how to grow and harvest their crops, but also about healthy eating and nutrition as they prepare meals.
Source: City of Orlando