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OPERATIONS
The Build Goes On!
Parks Build Community continues Grand Avenue Park renovation
By Paula M. Jacoby-Garrett

T

his year marks NRPA's 10th Parks Build Community (PBC) project. Each year, a park is renovated or created in the city where
the NRPA Annual Conference is held. For 2020, Grand Avenue
Park in Orlando, Florida, was selected for renovation. The park
is located southeast of the city center and is adjacent to a community center
currently under renovation. Originally built as a school, the community
center was designated as a historic landmark by the city of Orlando. Once
completed, the community center will house a full-sized gymnasium, a pottery studio, and a full range of after-school and summer youth programs.
The adjacent playground and park area were created in 1938 and are undergoing renovation as part of the PBC project.

PHOTO COURTESY OF FOREVERLAWN

" We have two parallel projects
going on simultaneously at this site.
The historic Grand Avenue Elementary School, built in 1926, was
retired and slated for demolition
a couple of years ago. The city of
Orlando took ownership, and we're
restoring and repurposing the building as a neighborhood center and
tripling its floor area with a new
addition, " says Kenneth Pelham,
landscape architect for the City of
Orlando Families, Parks and Recre-

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ation Department (OFPRD). " That
project is in the design and permitting stage, with construction to start
early summer. It'll wrap up in the
summer of 2021. We intend it to be
a showcase for our city. The NRPA
Parks Build Community program
gives us a fantastic opportunity to
upgrade the adjacent park....We've
completed the design of the amenities, and some of the items are already in production. "
" The Parks Build Community

projects we have undertaken have
had a range of positive effects on
the local communities, from creating safe spaces for children to
play, to providing outdoor exercise
equipment to enhance the health
and wellness of community members, to adding environmental features that improve access to trees
and plantings, " says Kristine Stratton, NRPA president and chief executive officer. " NRPA, the City of
Orlando Families, Parks and Recreation Department and corporate
donors are committed to making
significant renovations to transform this area into a vibrant public
space where residents of all ages
can gather and play. "

The Project Goes On
Earlier this year, everything
changed dramatically with the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic. Lives have changed,
and the businesses and organizations supporting the park and
recreation field have had to transform. In response to the pandemic,
NRPA announced that the 2020
NRPA Annual Conference would
be held remotely, not in Orlando,
as previously scheduled. Nonetheless, amid all this chaos and uncertainty, the 2020 Parks Build Community project will carry on. The
renovation of Grand Avenue Park
continues and will open in October
ForeverLawn is taking part in the 2020
PBC project as a gesture of appreciation
to the businesses in Florida that have
supported the company.

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