On Friday, April 4, more than 180 associates of the Blank Family of Businesses demonstrated their creativity by laying the groundwork for the first park for residents of the English Avenue community of Atlanta!
This park will provide important greenspace and recreational opportunities to improve the health and quality of life of its residents. The Conservation Fund and Park Pride have engaged local residents and community leaders in the long-term vision, design and construction of the park. See the Proctor Creek Vision created by Park Pride and the area residents in 2010 and The Conservation Fund’s vision for Lindsay Street Park.
During its Sixth Annual All-Associates Day, volunteers from the Blank Family of Businesses grabbed their rakes, shovels, paint brushes and weed trimmers (provided by Atlanta Community ToolBank!) to start to build Lindsay Street Park. Additionally, other Blank associates added an artistic element to the park utilizing a vacant house on the site with the help of Dashboard Co-operative.
Funded in part by a grant from The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Conservation Fund acquired an assemblage of five properties in English Avenue to be used to build Lindsay Street Park. Blank Family of Businesses associates put their muscles behind the grant, following the lead of Park Pride by removing invasive plants, installing sod and mulch, constructing benches, removing trash and debris, planting flowers, and painting.
In the future, the project will also implement a job-skills training and an environmental education program at the park site. Employing the community in building and maintaining the park will provide income and important economic benefit to those neighborhoods.
Thank you to the Blank Family of Businesses for your hard work and committment! We’re proud to recognize you as part of our 25 Days of Service!