United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at Franklin Park in Tarrant on September 7th. This was the first of six community parks that United Way is building in the six counties it serves in celebration of the organization’s centennial.
“People may ask, ‘I thought United Way was about helping people; why are they building a park?’ said Drew Langloh, President and CEO of UWCA. He answered, “At its core, UWCA is about bringing communities together. The park creates a sense of community, as did bringing people together to build it.”
Almost 300 volunteers stepped up to serve. The park in Tarrant includes a pavilion that can function as an outdoor classroom, picnic tables built by community volunteers and a soccer field. The goal of these parks is to create long-term partnerships and foster community engagement that extends beyond the installation phase. Annual clean-up and beautification, as well as potential expansions in the future, will also create ongoing volunteer service opportunities within each community.
“This park is a vital part of our community, and these are all welcome upgrades,” said Tarrant Mayor Wayman Newton. “The park is a symbol of our commitment to bright futures for our kids, creating a safe space for them and encouraging them to be healthy.”
The Centennial community parks are made possible through generous community partnerships and sponsorships from AmFirst, Brasfield & Gorrie, Drummond Company, Thompson Tractor Company, Vulcan Materials Company, Alabama Power Foundation and Ford Meter Box. With one park complete and five to go, there are still opportunities available for sponsorships and volunteers. For more information, click here.