Local Nonprofit Receives Funding for Plank Road EcoPark

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Local nonprofit Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge is receiving funding to build a community park.

The grant is from the National Neighborhood Promise® program of the Republic Services, Inc. Charitable Foundation.

“We believe in investing in the communities where our customers and employees live and work, so it’s a privilege to support proven organizations providing critical resources locally,” said Jon Vander Ark, President and CEO of Republic Services. “These neighborhood revitalization projects strengthen both our communities and our businesses over the long term, which is why we’ve made charitable giving part of Republic’s sustainability goals.”

According to Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge, the park will include a community garden, stormwater control features, a pavilion, art installations and seating.

“We are so grateful that this partnership means we can finally make Plank Road EcoPark a reality,” said Bret Pinson, executive director of Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge. “Rebuilding Together, the Republic Services Charitable Foundation and our partners at Build Baton Rouge all recognize the immense value of this project to the local community – not only as a community gathering space for all to enjoy, but also as a as a community garden, with the potential to implement tangible climate mitigation tactics such as storm water control devices that will make our community greener for years to come.

Rebuilding Together Baton Rouge provides home repair services for low-income elderly or disabled homeowners and revitalizes communities. In the Baton Rouge area, the organization has completed more than 126,000 projects valued at $1.2 billion.

To learn more about Rebuilding Baton Rouge Together, click here.

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