The new Mountview Park opened on May 19, 2012, and its splash pad, playgrounds, gardens, walking paths, sports facilities and pavilion draw hundreds of people per day during warm weather months. The park is built on the converted 11-acre site of an old elementary school, and was leased to the city by the Canyons School District for $1 per year.
Every neighborhood wants a park, and Davenport, Iowa, found a way to bring a park to every area: the Mobile Playground - a moving, rentable, safe and accessible playground. Comprised of a decommissioned fire truck, the Mobile Playground is stocked with crafts, games, sports, hobbies, art and musical instruments. It serves over 1,500 children, with over 10,000 visitors each summer, and is available for rent for parties.
Locals view the F.R.E.S.H. Community Teaching Garden as an oasis of hope and prosperity. Transformed from a “field of weeds,” the garden features an outdoor teaching arena, flower garden, fruit trees, 1/3 acre of row gardening, 28 community garden plots, five handicap- accessible plots, a children’s play area and garden, and a walking trail. Recycle friendly, the garden utilizes abandoned tire to grow potatoes above ground, donated burlap bags as weed barriers, bricks from demolished homes as liners for herb gardens, recycled concrete for the walk trail and dredge from the Mississippi River for dirt.
Fred Cone Park is 96-acres and was finished in March 2012, with funding from the 2008 Wild Spaces Public Places voter initiative, a ½ cent sales tax over a two-year period. The park includes an 8-lane rubberized track and field facility, new outdoor restrooms, two basketball courts, a picnic area, ample parking, new landscaping and an expansion of the existing storm water facilities. It is the first public track and field facility in the tri-county area.
Monument Park was revitalized in 2009 to bring the Historic African American Business District and the Historic Downtown Business District together. The city and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation partnered to redevelop the property, which honors Meridian’s history with timbers from the Dial house, granite curbs from the street and a center gear from the Soule’ Steam Feed Works.
The Play for All Abilities Park, a 5-year labor of love for the community, will serve the more than 100,000 children of Williamson County, where an estimated 7,945 children live with a disability.
Community contributions, awarded grants, in-kind donations and sponsorships from local businesses allowed the City to build a 1.3 million dollar facility for $600,000.
A small community of 7,240 residents, Silvis converted a vacant 2.8 acre parcel with a rainwater-retention pond into community greenhouse/education center.
The labor of love for the community (including the Garden Club, the local Ironworkers Union, city workers, and private business) resulted in a fully functional, computer-controlled 30 x 60 ft horticulture learning center, which holds classes for schoolchildren and adults. The park contains a fairy garden, a butterfly garden and gourd tunnels that children enjoy. Scout troops are building a memorial garden. The city received a Governor’s Home Town Award in 2012 for this effort.
Rocky Point Park protects property that is historically and culturally significant to generations of Rhode Islanders. At Rocky Point, in 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes placed the first telephone call ever made by a sitting president – to Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, who was located in nearby Providence. And one of baseball’s greats, George Herman “Babe” Ruth, played numerous games at Rocky Point as a member of the Providence Grays.
Despite pressures for development, preservation of this mile-long coastal property secured public access and protected an environmentally-and-culturally significant parcel.
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