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Cleveland park named after former WKYC employee Helen Simpson receives landscape renovation from volunteers and Project EverGreen

The kick-off for the project began at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

CLEVELAND — EDITOR’S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on June 16, 2022.

The Cleveland park named in honor of former 3News employee Helen Simpson will receive a new landscape renovation courtesy of volunteers and Project EverGreen, a national non-profit. 

The kick-off for the project began at 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

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The event took place at the Helen Simpson Park located at 2851 South Moreland Boulevard in Cleveland. More than 30 volunteers helped to enhance the accessibility and scenery of the park located in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood.

Simpson, who was a pioneer in the Cleveland television industry as the manager of advertising, promotion and publicity at WKYC, was murdered on her way home from work back in 1972. The case has still not been solved.

The following speakers spoke at the event: 

  • Cindy Code, Executive Director of Project EverGreen

  • Sandy Munley, Ohio Landscape Association

  • Deborah Gray, Cleveland City Council, Ward 4 

Project EverGreen has played a role in revamping parks across the United States. Since 2008, the non-profit has renovated 100 million square feet of green space. 

Project EverGreen aims to help the community in the following ways from the renovation: 

  • Outdoor Enjoyment

  • Healthier Lifestyles

  • Mental Health

  • Economic Growth

  • Community Development

  • Environmental Benefits

According to a media release, Project EverGreen's new green space at the park will also have many environmental impacts on Cleveland. 

"Through its nationwide base of professional volunteers, Project EverGreen has connected people, plants and their communities to maximize the health of grass, plants and trees, which in turn sequesters carbon and cleans the air. The initiative supports healthy green spaces in neighborhoods and cities, enabling maintained green spaces to function as the lungs of the city and offsetting the negative effects of a warming environment."

EDITOR'S NOTE: The video above previously aired on 3News on June 29, 2022.

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