As part of their corporate commitment to the community, Home Depot desires to give back in a way that is tangible and reflects who they are. By Labor Day, they plan to landscape a portion of the entrance with a commitment to maintain it and come back with other improvements as they warrant. The partnership comes with perfect timing as the Greenway is currently being lengthened at that location, heading north under Mohawk Drive.
This latest gift is not unlike other corporate donations that have happened in the past and are slated to happen in the future. What is refreshing is virtually all the corporate donations have come without solicitation. If there was an ask, it has almost always been met with an enthusiastic “yes.”
In previous columns I have mentioned the many donations of nonprofits People for Care and Learning and the Cleveland Rotary Club. Both are regular donors to projects on the Greenway. Both have funded water fountains. Rotary is responsible for the beautiful entrance portal on Willow Street and the small park about a quarter mile north of the portal. PCL has built the playground and is currently funding construction of a restroom at the playground.
Several corporate donations have come in the form of land. All along the four miles of Greenway there have been numerous land donations or long-term leases to make it happen.
Home Depot is a great example of Greenway generosity as the company donated a quarter mile of land between Mohawk and Paul Huff Parkway. Moving south, the same thing took place through the generosity of P&G Duracell. Others along the Greenway route have been Fairfield Development, Southeastern Stair, Mars Chocolate, First Tennessee Bank, Ben Moore Properties, Church of God International Headquarters and Jones Properties. Most recently the Greenway received land donations from Stan and Brenda Lawson to help make the upcoming Ocoee Connector Greenway possible.
Very soon the Greenway will be seeing the installation of bicycle racks donated by Scott’s Bike Shop here in Cleveland. The racks will be strategically placed in areas where bikers can take a break and lock their bikes in a safe and secure location. There is also a local veterinarian who has committed to funding a dog park once a proper site is located.
As the Greenway expands in different directions, there are several other potential partners with whom the Greenway board has been talking. Anyone interested in donating property or items for consideration is encouraged to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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