Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

JAN 2016

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Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain (LC/DBM) (ISSN 2150-9093), is published monthly by Landscape Communications, Inc. 14771 Plaza Drive, Suite M, Tustin, California, 92780 Phone: 714-979-5276; Fax: 714-434-3862. Online version (ISSN 2150-9170). Copyright 2016 by Landscape Communications, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. All righ ts reserved. Contents may not be reprinted or otherwise reproduced without written permission. Periodicals postage paid at Tustin, CA and additional mailing offices. Subscription Inquiries: Send new or renewal notices or change of address (send both new and old addresses) to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. Subscriptions: Licensed Landscape Contractors free of charge. Others: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii & Canada, 12 issues, $34.95, 24 issues, $55.00, Mexico: 12 issues, $65.00 per year. Additional copies may be purchased by contacting LC/DBM at circulation@landscapeonline.com or 714-979-5276 ext. 115. Postmaster: Please send address changes to Landscape Contractor / Design • Build • Maintain, P.O. Box 1126, Tustin, CA 92781-1126. If you have a project where landscape services were donated pro bono, you can submit your Off the Clock proposal to: stewardship@landscapeonline.com or call Larry Shield at (714) 979-5276 x125. Story Ideas? Above, Left: Project EverGreen and its local partners donated services to restore and maintain playing surfaces at Cleveland's Michael J. Zone Recreation Center. Above, Right: Volunteers from Weed Man applied fertilizer to the playing fields at the center as part of the ongoing "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." renovation project at the facility. Restoring Cleveland's Michael J. Zone Recreation Center By Jeff Fenner, partner B Communications 70 LC DBM When Project EverGreen volunteers first tackled renovating the playing surfaces at Cleveland's Mi- chael J. Zone Recreation Center, they knew they had a challenge in front of them. The center's 120-yard x 60-yard soccer field – which is used by neighborhood youth and adult sports teams - was in need of some turf TLC. The field needed to be aerated, fertilized and over seed- ed, and rocks and bricks embedded in the soil had to be removed. Local green industry contractors including Mor- ton's Landscape, Schill Grounds Management, Weed Pro and Weed Man pitched in to restore this important community gathering space into a safe place to compete and connect. But the project - with an estimated value of $15,000 - didn't stop there. Maintaining the center's playing surfaces required an on-going commitment and Project EverGreen. Its volunteer partners are committed for the long haul. This fall volunteers from Weed Man aerated, overseeded the center's soccer fields, and applied top dressing and weed control and fertilizer. "The ongoing commitment to this initiative un- derscores the core objectives Project EverGreen and its volunteer partners stand for and that is to develop managed green spaces to help communities thrive," said Cindy Code, executive director of Proj- ect EverGreen. "Our goal is to ensure children have access to green space to play and exercise." Studies have confirmed there is significant value in having children spend time outdoors playing. Project EverGreen's "Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids." initiative was created to renovate and revitalize parks and athletic fields nationwide to give children opportunities to enjoy safe green spaces. Yards, parks and athletic fields not only promote a healthi- er lifestyle but contribute to economic growth, com- munity development and benefit the environment. Renovation projects have been completed or are scheduled in numerous cities across the United States in 2015 including San Antonio, Fort Worth and Round Rock, Texas; Atlanta; Cleveland; Chica- go; Minneapolis; Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro, North Carolina; Milwaukee; and Portland, Oregon. Key contributors to the nationwide initiative in- clude the Dominion Foundation, Performance Nu- trition and the Sports Turf Managers Association. DBM LC Off the Clock

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