October 4, 2018
Partnering To Improve Our Parks
In September and October, Brownsburg Parks welcomed approximately 70 volunteers from IU Health West Hospital and Duke Energy who literally got down and dirty to create a more than 5,000 square foot pollinator garden at our Williams Park Outdoor Classroom.
Both groups selected our site to host their individual Day of Service events. With the guidance of staffers from the Indiana Wildlife Federation, these terrific groups planted more than 5,000 plugs made up of 16 different flora species. We hope to include educational signage to the site by the time the pollinator is in full bloom next year. The signage will help educate visitors on the important role pollinators such as bees, butterflies and bats play in helping our environment to thrive. The garden is a part of the overall vision for the Outdoor Classroom that will provide many opportunities to further connect park users to the countless benefits of nature.
This project highlights the important role volunteers and business partners play in assisting Brownsburg Parks in meeting the needs of residents and park users. Along with the physical labor provided to install the pollinator garden, both IU Health and the Duke Energy Foundation donated thousands of dollars to fund the materials needed to make the garden possible. These generous donations allow Brownsburg Parks to reallocate budgeted project dollars to other important projects, giving us the opportunity to expand services at a faster pace than if we had to fund all projects ourselves.
Similarly, Dow AgroSciences funded our original pollinator garden at the entrance to Williams Park in 2015.
These examples of partnership and environmental stewardship help to show how our fantastic business community cares about the long-term vitality of Brownsburg. Helping to preserve important natural resources is a part of Brownsburg Parks’ core mission and we look forward to future partnerships that help further this effort for our community’s benefit.
If your business is interested in helping to improve our parks, please reach out to Community Engagement Manager Mary Louise Bewley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan K. Blake
Assistant Director, Operations and Development