April 22, 2021
National service team to assist Parks Department
For Immediate Release
April 22nd, 2021
RICHMOND, IN. – This summer, Richmond community members can expect to see more hands at work across the Richmond Parks system thanks to a new partnership with AmeriCorps, a federal agency. In the months of May and June, 10 AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) members from unit Maple 4 will be deployed in Richmond to provide assistance to the Department on a wide variety of projects.
AmeriCorps NCCC is a team-based residential national service program for young adults between the ages of 18 and 26. Members serve a full-time, ten-month term, serving on projects to meet community needs. In Richmond, the team will focus on deferred maintenance projects across the Richmond Parks system, improving accessibility of Richmond Parks facilities, and conduct environmental stewardship activities such as invasive species removal. The team will work with and learn from Richmond Parks and Recreation staff members for 40-45 hours weekly during their deployment to the Richmond area.
“We are elated to have the team coming to our area, and the extra hands to accomplish some of the projects on our list” said Parks Superintendent, Denise Retz. “The Richmond Parks Department is thankful for this new partnership with AmeriCorps, and we can’t wait to welcome the team to Richmond and show them how special our Park system really is.”
During their time in Richmond, the AmeriCorps NCCC team will be looking for outreach opportunities with area youth and anyone interested in community service to talk about the benefits of serving with AmeriCorps or other national service programs. Any representatives of youth agencies or service organizations that would like to arrange a visit/presentation with the AmeriCorps team during their time in Richmond are encouraged to reach out to the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department by calling (765) 983-PARK or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The mission of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Department is to provide for the positive development and well-being of the Richmond community through the provision of parks, greenways, trails and recreational programming and facilities while working in cooperation with other service providers and partners in the community to maximize all available resources.
For questions, imagery, or for media requests, please reach out via the contact details below:
Denise Retz, CPRP
Richmond Parks and Recreation
50 North 5th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374
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