The City of Orlando’s goal is to become the most sustainable city in the nation. This year the Families, Parks and Recreation Department (FPR) nominated the Engelwood Neighborhood Center’s community garden project a $20,000 National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA) Disney Parks Build Grant.
The Parks Build Community Program is made possible through the support of Disney, ABC and ESPN. The program aims to improve local parks through projects that connect children and nature, help children and families live healthier lives and increase children’s access to sports.
This year the Engelwood Neighborhood Center community garden project WON!!!
The grant money will be used to expanding the community garden the installation of two greenhouses, storage sheds, irrigation, raised garden beds for seniors, potting stations, fence enclosure, picnic benches, shade structure and wheelchair accessibility.
Thank you to the National Recreation and Park Association and everyone who voted and spread the word! I also want to recognize our Media and Marketing Director, Ms. Stefanie Cash for leading the campaign efforts on social media to enable our victory. However, without all of your participation, this would not have been possible!
We did it! Just goes to show you what we can accomplish when we work together!
Below are the results from our social media efforts to push Engelwood Center to a $20k victory!
Last year, FPR was successful in securing a grant through this process, enabling the Department to make improvements at the Bill Fredrick Park Nature Connect Trail. This year, let’s make sure Engelwood Neighborhood Center wins!
Community gardens offer many benefits to our community, they are a great way to help reduce our environmental impact, gardens provide affordable and fresh produce for residents, but also bring our community together providing a place to grown, gather, and teach our children about healthy eating habits.
Through initiatives like community gardens, we are able to find new ways to redesign and transform our urban environment to connect our neighborhoods with green public spaces for our residents to gather and recreate all while furthering our efforts to be the most sustainable city in the country.
To learn more about the benefits of community gardens, please visit, benefits of community gardens.
Commissioner Tony Ortiz