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Glenwood Park Wins Statewide Award for Collaborative Partnership


Sunday, November 30, 2014

In November, the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association (OPRA) announced the winners of its 2014 Annual Awards of Excellence. The City of Youngstown Department of Parks and Recreation won a second place award in the Partnership category for the collaborative partnership that was established to create Glenwood Community Park. This partnership included the Department of Parks and Recreation, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, Mill Creek MetroParks, and the Idora Neighborhood Association. These four groups, each with unique strengths, worked together to assemble the land, establish a plan and layout for the park, leverage broad financial partnerships, and recruit community volunteers to participate in its construction.

The park was supported by both public and private financial partners, including The City of Youngstown, Bottom Dollar Foods, The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, The Walter E. Watson Charitable Trust, KaBOOM! Dr. Pepper-Snapple, the PNC Foundation, and the J. Ford Crandall Memorial Foundation. Over 100 volunteers including Team Depot, neighborhood youth, and representatives from 17 additional community organizations participated in the park’s construction.

 

Since the completion of Glenwood Community Park in September 2013, the park has served thousands of neighborhood residents.  As many as 150 to 200 people have been observed using the park at peak times. More than 10 formal community events and neighborhood functions have been hosted at the park, including IdoraFest, the neighborhood’s annual festival. The summer camp hosted at the park served 2,080 children in 2014 and provided 3,680 meals to youth throughout the season. Glenwood Community Park demonstrates the significant impact that strong and innovative partnerships can have toward addressing neighborhood needs in Youngstown.