Project EverGreen names Clinton, N.C., Parks & Rec winner of ‘green spaces’ contest

When the Parks & Recreation Department of Clinton, N.C., was named the winner of the “Our Winning Green Spaces” contest, officials knew they would receive an Exmark Lazer Z X-Series mower package to help maintain the city’s parks and recreation facilities. What they didn’t expect to receive was a transformation.

Project EverGreen contest winners in Clinton, N.C.
Members of the Clinton Parks & Recreation Department, Sports Turf Managers Association and industry volunteers gather to dedicate Clinton, North Carolina’s newly renovated Royal Lane Park. Photo: Project EverGreen

Clinton’s Royal Lane Park was the recipient of the park renovation. The park had fallen into disarray over the last decade due to budget constraints and aging park amenities. It was in need of a serious upgrade.

“Residents, guests and sports teams come to the park to take advantage of the fields, playgrounds, swimming pool and trails,” says Jonathan Allen, director of parks and recreation for Clinton. “Because the fields are in constant use, there is little to no down time for the fields to recuperate.”

Numerous local green industry companies contributed to the renovation project, which included the planting of nearly 100 trees, bushes and plants; applying of mulch; and installation of fencing around the playground, which also had new equipment installed.

The park’s multi-purpose natural turf athletic field was laser graded and re-sodded and the outdated irrigation system was replaced with a new commercial quality system. Fertilizer and weed control treatments were applied to improve the health of the turf.

“Clinton residents and the neighborhood are the real winners,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project Evergreen. “The improved park facilities and sports fields breathe new life into the environment and functions as the lungs of the community. Project EverGreen and our partners at STMA and Exmark were impressed with the quality of the application and the passion of the parks department.”

Nearly 150 children use the park and playground daily, and more than 500 young athletes participate in football and youth soccer leagues on the multipurpose field.

“This project breathed active life back into our park, community and area,” says Allen. “It has allowed patrons to pursue more active and healthier lifestyles. This is important because our county is statistically one of the most unhealthy counties in North Carolina.”

Allen says the project brought together the community, city departments and outside organizations to make a more beautiful park and enhance the existing facilities.

“We thank Project EverGreen and its partners for making this project possible,” adds Allen. “It will leave a lasting footprint on our community for a lifetime.”

Participating companies include:

  • TLC, Inc. (landscaping);
  • Wells Brothers General Contractor and Carolina Green Corp. (field grading);
  • Hrdrolynks (irrigation);
  • Helena Chemical Co. (fertilizer and pest control);
  • Exmark (mower);
  • Buy Sod (Bermuda sprigging); and
  • NC/SC chapter of STMA.

Since 2015, Project EverGreen’s community-based renovation projects have revitalized more than 750,000 sq. ft. of athletic and recreational greens spaces in Atlanta, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee; North Chicago, Ill.; Belle Plaine, Minn.; Greensboro and Durham, N.C., San Antonio, Fort Worth and Round Rock, Texas; East Harlem, N.Y.; Hazlet, N.J., Portland, Ore. and San Marcos, Calif.

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