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Lindo Park Ballfield Renovated During MLK Day of ServiceLindo Park Ballfield Renovated During MLK Day of Service<div class="ExternalClassE448773FACA5413AA7B8B42928FB4419"><p>​<a href="http://www.projectevergreen.org/" target="_blank">Project EverGreen</a>, a national non-profit devoted to creating a greener, healthier, cooler Earth; the <a href="https://www.stma.org/" target="_blank">Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA</a>), the <a href="/parks">Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department</a>, local businesses and community members teamed up on Monday to renovate the ballfield at Lindo Park. The 50-year-old park is located at 2230 W. Roeser Rd.</p><p>More than 80 volunteers joined forces to complete the project, one of several community events held citywide as part of MLK Day of Service. Volunteers who assisted with the afternoon-long renovation project at Lindo Park included sports field managers, lawn care professionals, landscape contractors, groundskeepers, and residents and youth from the surrounding neighborhood.</p><p>The project included:</p><ul><li><div>Surveying the field to determine existing and proposed elevations for the playing surface </div></li><li><div>Laying out new grass edges along the 1st and 3rd base lines</div></li><li><div>Re-inspecting and adjusting the irrigation system to insure proper coverage in the outfield</div></li><li><div>Fertilizing and silting seed for the outfield turf – nearly 60,000-square-feet</div></li><li><div>Laying out and rebuilding the pitcher's mound and install a new pitching rubber</div></li><li><div>Laying out and rebuilding the batter's boxes/catcher's box and installing a new home plate</div></li><li><div>Grading the infield surface to cut high areas and fill low areas</div></li><li><div>Installing sod to repair areas of damaged turf </div></li></ul><p>"Neighborhoods deserve a healthy park or community green space that they can call their own," said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. "Thriving parks create a community hub for neighbors – young and old – to connect and helps to instill pride in their community and confidence in area residents, and creates a place for adults and youth to exercise and have fun."</p><p>Project EverGreen has renovated more than 20 community parks across the country since 2006. In January 2018, the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and South Phoenix community leader Muriel Smith nominated the park for a new ballfield. </p><p>"This is an exciting project for the community," said Councilwoman Felicita Mendoza, who represents District 8 in which the park is located. "We're grateful that Lindo Park was selected by Project EverGreen, and for the volunteer service and financial support of STMA and local businesses to make it possible. The new ballpark will enhance the recreation center and other amenity upgrades made to the park in recent years."</p><p>Smith, 72, has lived in the community surrounding Lindo Park for four decades. She raised three children, 13 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren, many of whom grew up playing in Lindo Park. Over the years, Smith worked with the Phoenix Neighborhood Services, Parks and Recreation, and Police departments to interact with local high schools, and host graffiti and park clean-up events.</p><p>In 2016, a recreation center named after Smith was built in Lindo Park, along with a large ramada with picnic tables for gatherings outside and a new playground. Now, neighborhood groups hold meetings, host tree plantings, put on special events, and kids read and study there.</p><p>"This ballpark will be the icing on the cake for the kids in this community," said Smith.</p><p>A city parks and recreation department and/or a community group can nominate a park for revitalization to Project EverGreen. Once selected, the non-profit works with local businesses, community groups and volunteers to transform and sustain community green spaces. The Lindo Park ballfield renovation was completed with the support and expertise of the STMA.</p><p>"We are thrilled to be a part of this important project to bring a well-managed and playable ballpark to a community that greatly deserves one," said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of the STMA. "Our members find it extremely gratifying to use their professional expertise and know-how to bring a project like this to life. It's a win-win for everyone involved."</p><p>---</p><p><strong>About Project EverGreen</strong><br>Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, <a href="http://www.projectevergreen.org/" target="_blank">Project EverGreen</a> is a national non-profit committed to bringing people together to make a difference in how yards, parks and communities create a greener, healthier, cooler Earth. Project EverGreen also supports military families through the GreenCare and SnowCare for Troops™ initiatives, and communities and children with the Healthy Turf, Healthy Kids™ program.</p><p><strong>About Sports Turf Managers Association</strong><br><a href="https://www.stma.org/" target="_blank">STMA</a> is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,700 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. SAFE is the non-profit fundraising arm of the STMA.</p></div>1/21/2019 11:00:00 PMGregg Bach, 602-262-4994Parks and Recreation Department602-262-6862