The Families, Parks and Recreation Department (FPR) is seeking $20,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) via the "Parks Build Community Program." Made possible through the support of Disney, ABC, and ESPN, the 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. Last year, FPR was successful in securing a grant through this process, enabling the Department to make improvements at the Bill Fredrick Park Nature Connect Trail. This year, FPR is seeking funding for one of the following projects, to be selected via NRPA's online voting process:
-Making improvements to fitness equipment at Al Coith Park, including site work to build a fitness pod, and purchase of fitness equipment and ADA compliant safety surfacing.
-Expanding the community garden at the Engelwood Neighborhood Center, including installation of green houses, storage sheds, irrigation, raised garden beds, potting stations, a fence enclosure, picnic benches and a shade structure.
-Repairing and upgrading the basketball court at Poppy Park.
Should one of these projects be selected for grant funding, the City of Orlando will be asked to enter into the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with NRPA.
Authorize signing of the attached MOU to confirm approval of the terms governing the acceptance and expenditure of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000) made available to the City's Families, Parks and Recreation Department for implementation of a project selected via public online voting.