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Sun Times Feature Story

Increasing The GREEN for Hollywood's David Park Community Center

Hollywood - David Park just got a little greener, thanks to a group of volunteers from the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA). Last month, FNGLA members from chapters across the state spent an afternoon planting a new entrance landscape, playground perimeter hedge and 2 new canopy trees outside the David Park Community Center in Hollywood. The volunteer project kicked off the 2017 FNGLA Convention, as volunteers moved and installed plants, weeded, mulched and generously donated their time to beautify David Park.

FNGLA President Robert Shoelson had a vision to improve a property where kids can experience the benefits of a well-planned, sustainable landscape. David Park was selected from more than 22 service centers and facilities in south Florida that serve children and special needs populations.
When the volunteers finished the project, they got to enjoy watching dozens of kids returning from a summer camp field trip, as they were greeted by the new landscape. Excitement was felt by all, and lots of smiles were shared.

A number of organizations worked together to complete this project. The City of Hollywood assisted with site preparation, the Kiwanis Club of Hollywood provided refreshments and the Hollywood Hills Civic Association offered community support. FNGLA members who donated generously for the project were: Lukes Landscaping with removals and site preparation and irrigation system upgrades needed to meet WaterStar principles, Getting Green located and delivered the plants, and Earth Advisors provided Landscape Design and Project Management.
These improvements have transformed David Park with a beautiful, sustainable landscape that visitors and program participants will enjoy for years to come.