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Project EverGreen & Partners Green Up Sanderford Road Park

Project EverGreen & Partners Join Forces to Green Up Raleigh’s Sanderford Road Park


(March 21, 2024)—Green spaces like Raleigh’s Sanderford Road Park are critical in offsetting the ‘heat island’ effect and providing the surrounding area with cooler, cleaner air. They also offer a multifaceted array of benefits that make neighborhoods more livable, healthier, and enjoyable for residents.

Delivering those ‘green’ benefits was the goal of the national nonprofit Project EverGreen and its partners with the renovation of Sanderford Road Park. The renovation took place March 18-20, 2024, with more than 40 volunteers lending their time and talent to update and improve the park’s green spaces and to make it an area destination.

Project EverGreen's Raleigh project volunteers planting new bedJoining Project EverGreen in the effort were the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department, Ruppert Landscape, Professional Grounds Management Society, students from North Carolina State, and local corporate and community volunteers.

 “A single group or individual cannot make these park transformations a reality. Project EverGreen builds coalitions of businesses and individuals to bring needed change to public green spaces,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “Cities with healthy and well-maintained play areas and recreation spaces improve the social fabric of a community by connecting people to green spaces that are beneficial to the environment and physical and mental well-being.”

Through its GreenCare for Communities initiative, Project EverGreen works with communities to renovate, maintain, and create more accessible parks, athletic fields, and public green spaces. Since 2008, Project EverGreen has completed more than 100 park, athletic field, and green space renovation projects, restoring more than 200 million square feet of healthy turf and plants across the country.

The Sanderford Road Park project included:

  • Prepping landscape beds—digging new beds, adding a top dressing of 50/50 compost-top soil mix—in front of the community center and the island located on the entry pathway to the park.
  • Excavating soil for new landscape beds around the baseball field.
  • Installing new native meadows for perennial and annual plantings to attract pollinators.
  • Plant more than 1,000 perennial and annual flowers, ferns, and grasses in key areas of the park.
  • Limb up low-hanging tree branches for safety and improved sightlines.

Stephen Bentley, director, of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department, said the city was eager to partner on the project.

“Raleigh Parks was excited to partner with Project EverGreen on the landscape improvements at Sanderford Road Park. Improvements like this make the park more welcoming, and pollinator-friendly and continue to show that our green spaces are essential to the environmental, and the physical and mental health of our community,” said Bentley. “We are thankful for all our volunteers this week and the leadership and generosity of the Project EverGreen team.”

Giving back the gift of healthy green spaces to communities is also meaningful to volunteer partners, according to Drew Dummann, region manager for Ruppert’s North Carolina region.

“When we look for community service projects, we are looking for a project where we can utilize our landscaping skills and company resources to better our community and our environment,” said Dummann.

"One of our company’s values is giving back
to our community, so partnering with
Project EverGreen to enhance the appeal
of this community park really resonated with us."

Project EverGreen's Raleigh Project Volunteer Photo Project EverGreen's Raleigh Project Volunteer Photo 


Jeff Fenner
B Communications (representing Project EverGreen)
Phone: 440.525.1840
Email: jfenner@b-communications.com


Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Project EverGreen is a national non-profit committed to bringing people together through its GreenCare for Communities initiatives 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. 

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