Urban Orchard Possible Thru Grant Program

By Mark Baratelli
An urban orchard may come to a City park if the Families, Parks and Recreation Department wins the $20,000 Meet Me at the Park Program grant from the National Recreation and Park Association. Their application is for one of the three options listed below, to be selected via NRPA's online voting process:
  1. Creating an orchard at Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park near the neighborhood center building at 1340 Lake Park Court
  2. Installing outdoor fitness equipment at Ivey Lane Neighborhood Center.
  3. Installing adjustable basketball goals to allow children and people with disabilities to play basketball at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center.

In 2015, 2016 and 2017, FPR successfully secured grants through this process, enabling the Department to make improvements at Bill Frederick Park and Engelwood Neighborhood Center.

Should one of these projects be selected for grant funding, the City of Orlando will be asked to enter into an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NRPA upon approval of City Council March 19th.

Made possible through the support of Disney, ABC, and ESPN, the Meet Me at the Park Program aims to improve local parks through projects that connect children and nature, help children and families live healthier lives, and increase children's access to sports.

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This is a rendering of an Urban Orchard created for a project in Memphis. 

A portion of Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park

Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park

Dr. I. Sylvester Hankins Park