Come Plant with Us on Friday, July 27
PEORIA, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The public is invited to participate in a volunteer day for Peoria
GreenSplash, located at the northwest corner of the intersection of S.
Griswold St. and S. Friedan St. in Peoria on Friday, July 27 from 8:30
a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The new splash park and educational area was made
possible through a $150,000 Building Better Communities grant from the
American Water Charitable Foundation and the National Recreation and
Park Association (NRPA).
Volunteers will have the opportunity to enhance the park by planting
native plants. Volunteers are asked to prepare for the event by bringing
sunblock, a hat, reusable water bottle, garden gloves and trowels. There
will be a limited amount of extra gloves and trowels on hand at the
event. Illinois American Water will provide drinking water.
“Providing native flowers is just one of the ways education can play a
factor in this educational and recreational feature,” said City of
Peoria Public Works Director Scott Reeise. “We are happy to provide
another opportunity for green infrastructure education in a public
project.” Peoria GreenSplash will feature educational signage detailing
the benefits of native plants and clean water throughout the site.
The splash park is the result of a collaboration between the American
Water Charitable Foundation, NRPA, the City of Peoria, Illinois American
Water and the Peoria Housing Authority. The splash park is currently
being constructed on land donated by the PHA, alongside of the Harrison
Homes redevelopment. The City of Peoria applied for and received the
grant in 2017.
“Providing a space for the community to be hands on and learn about the
environment - especially green infrastructure - is a valuable part of
this project,” said Laura Martin, president of the American Water
Charitable Foundation. “Peoria GreenSplash benefits the children and
families in this community while encouraging the continued viability and
protection of our water resources."
Community parks like Peoria GreenSplash are vital for connecting
children to nature. Nature-based play areas foster an appreciation for
environmental stewardship, while providing opportunities for physical
In Peoria, community members will benefit by playing in clean water and
learning about native plants, the natural water cycle, and environmental
stewardship. The new park is scheduled to open later this summer.
Illinois American Water’s skilled union employees contributed to the
project by installing water service for the splash park. Roger Goodson,
senior operations manager for Illinois American Water said, “Water is a
key ingredient to summertime fun. Our employees were honored to provide
their trade skills for this project and to leave a lasting, personal
contribution in a community they not only work, but live. We encourage
residents to do the same by participating in the volunteer day.”
For information about the Building Better Communities program, visit https://amwater.com/corp/customers-and-communities/american-water-charitable-foundation/signature-program.
The American Water Charitable Foundation was established in 2010
with a founding contribution from American Water, the American Water
Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides
a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a
good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where
American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation
helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.
More information about the Foundation can be found at amwater.com.
Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE:
AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state,
providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to
approximately 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a
customer service center in Alton and a quality control and research
laboratory in Belleville. With a history dating back to 1886, American
Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly
traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more
than 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and
market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American
Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to
our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more
information, visit amwater.com
and follow American Water on Twitter,
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national
not-for-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that all Americans
have access to parks and recreation for health, conservation and social
equity. Through its network of nearly 60,000 recreation and park
professionals and advocates, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy
and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to
parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org.
For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation,
The Peoria Housing Authority (PHA) is committed to providing,
affordable housing opportunities for all of the citizens living in an
area generally known as “Central Illinois.” In addition, through the
development of strong partnerships with current residents and
appropriate community agencies, the PHA seeks to develop new programs
(housing, social and educational) to enhance the quality of life for its
resident, thereby offering numerous opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Currently the PHA serves over 6,300 family members throughout our Public
Housing and Housing Choice Voucher Program. The PHA has begun to expand
its housing portfolio with modern mixed income developments and
continues to search for ways to expand affordable housing throughout our
service area. Learn more at www.peoriahousing.org.
City of Peoria
Stacy Peterson, 309-494-8560
Illinois American Water
Karen Cotton, 309-566-4126