County Park and Recreation and local nonprofit agency Hands On
Charlotte are partnering to raise money to build an 11-acre park in
Charlotte's Lincoln Heights neighborhood during the week leading up to
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.
"We are very excited to partner with Hands On Charlotte to make this
park a reality," said Jim Garges, director of Mecklenburg County Park
and Recreation. "The master plan for our department is to have a park
within six blocks of every home. This is a major step in realizing
Hands On Charlotte (HOC) is organizing the Lincoln Heights park build
as part of the annual National Day of Service and Remembrance, an
effort to equip more than 1 million Americans to serve their
communities on September 11. Locally, HOC plans to engage at least
1,000 volunteers at the Lincoln Heights park and at other projects as
part of its 9/11 Week of Service.
"This park will give residents the means to commemorate the tenth
anniversary of 9/11 with service," said Lisa Quisenberry, HOC's
executive director. "I can't think of a better way to remember the
lives lost on 9/11 than through service. Our service to each other in
times of tragedy and mourning shows what makes this country so special."
In addition to recruiting volunteers to build the Lincoln Heights
park, HOC is the effort's primary fundraiser. With total costs
estimated near $200,000 including playground equipment that must be
purchased weeks in advance, HOC is looking for donations. US Airways
has signed on as the volunteer event's primary sponsor. Still, the
project requires additional financing.
"We still need businesses and individuals to step up and help us fund
this event," Quisenberry said. "We are optimistic about reaching our
goal, but we need more backers to come onboard."