Bensenville, IL (April 27, 2012)- Boise Inc. has selected a site in Baltimore, Maryland, for its next urban park developed by Project UP(tm). Funded through sales of Boise(r) ASPEN(r) Recycled Papers, Project UP works to transform distressed urban spaces into vibrant community parks in partnership with Alliance for Community Trees (ACTrees).
“Boise is excited to be contributing to the beautification of such a historic area of Baltimore,” said Terry Stepney, Boise brand manager. The future park site is a one-acre corner lot that has been cleared of 12 abandoned row homes. “This unique and highly visible area represents an opportunity to bring a public green space to what is currently a reminder of less prosperous times for the community,” Terry said.
Project UP and ACTrees will coordinate the park development with the local non-profits Parks & People Foundation, as well as Humanim Inc. and local government agencies. “So many partners in Baltimore understand the urgent need for green space to help enhance the city’s infrastructure, watershed, and community health. We’re thrilled to work with local organizations to create a valuable new resource for this neighborhood,” said Carrie Gallagher, ACTrees executive director.
This project will be the second for Project UP. Founded in 2011, Project UP completed its first park in Indianapolis, Indiana with more than 100 trees and plants, a walkway and public benches. Over 70 volunteers gathered for a community planting day on September 24, 2011 and Mayor Gregory Ballard of Indianapolis declared the day ‘Project UP Day’.
In addition, Project UP sponsored National NeighborWoods(tm) Month, a program led by ACTrees that celebrates greener communities nationwide with hundreds of tree planting projects throughout the month of October. Project UP will continue to be a sponsor of National NeighborWoods Month for 2012.
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