More than 30 professional volunteers including Yardmaster, Turf Pride Lawn Care and Paradise Landscapes crews renovated Helen Simpson Park in Cleveland, OH.
The 32,000 sq. ft. park serves as a community gathering space for Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood.
“Helen Simpson Park is vital to this highly populated community, but over the years it had fallen into disarray,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “With the expertise and commitment of our dedicated volunteers, the park’s trees, plants, and grass received much needed pruning and nutrition to enhance their health and vitality. The result is a vibrant, safe park that serves as the lungs of the city.”
Together, Project EverGreen, the Ohio Landscape Association and a team of volunteers accomplished the following:
- Pruning and shaping existing trees; removing dead limbs and branches
- Removing old turf and top dressing and reseeding to prevent erosion
- Deep edging the park’s planting beds and adding new soil and mulch
- Installing a selection of new trees and shrubs to increase carbon sequestration
- Adding turf nutrition and weed management applications
- Creating new attractive entryways to the park
“We are thrilled to see these improvements at our Helen Simpson Park,” says Deborah Gray, councilwoman Ward 4 City of Cleveland. “We’re so appreciative of the support shown to this neighborhood and the tremendous work completed to restore this beautiful park.”
In-kind sponsors for the project included Advanced Turf Solutions, Bartlett Tree Co., Brightview, Buyansky Outdoor Supply, City of Cleveland Department of Parks, Recreation and Properties, John Deere, Klyn Nurseries, Lake County Nursery, Leppo Rents/Bobcat, SiteOne Landscape Supply, The Davey Tree Expert Company and Weed Man.
“We were so happy that Project Evergreen asked the Ohio Landscape Association to be their partner on this project at Helen Simpson Park,” says Sandy Munley, executive director of the Ohio Landscape Association. “Public green spaces are such an important part of communities. They help to promote physical and mental health and make the surrounding areas a desirable place to live and play. Our members recognize the importance of giving back and jumped at the chance to provide their expertise and resources to this important project.”