August 15, 2022

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Westside park for Jacksonville youth reopens after $200,000 renovation

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The freshly refurbished Wesconnett Park was unveiled Saturday morning at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Many national and area associates these as the Jacksonville Jaguars, HabiJax, the Regional Initiative Aid Corporation of Jacksonville (LISC), City of Jacksonville representatives, and around 100 youth attendees and their families celebrated the grand re-opening of the freshly refurbished grass discipline.

Westconnectt Park is home to the Westside Wildcats and serves hundreds of regional youth via its soccer and cheer teams. The $200,000 renovations to the park included the grass subject, up to date lights, scoreboard advancements, a new playground and renovations to the concessions creating.

Wesconnnett Park renovations (LISC-NFL Grassroots System)

“The Westside Wildcats league, like other folks who serve our community, is about so a lot far more than sports activities – it’s about shaping younger people’s character and future pursuits, instilling willpower, and aiding position them for lifelong results, no make a difference their preferred path,” explained Dr. Irvin “PeDro” Cohen, government director of LISC Jacksonville. “These grants are a dual investment decision in both our youth and our city’s recreational assets, serving to increase and maintain them for long run generations of young children.

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Right after the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the youth bought to depart the 1st imprint on the inexperienced when they participated in a youth football camp hosted by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Youth soccer camp (LISC-NFL Grassroots Application)

This project was created possible when HabiJax was granted $100,000 by the Jaguars by way of the Nationwide Football League Basis Grassroots Application, a partnership among the NFL Foundation and the Nearby Initiatives Aid Company, a information release mentioned. The Metropolis of Jacksonville offered in excess of $100,000 in matching resources to carry out the get the job done. The grant is portion of $6 million in subject refurbishment awards allotted this calendar year.

“HabiJax has been thrilled to be a aspect of this work to refurbish the playing area at Wesconnett Park,” HabiJax Main Group Partnerships Officer Chris Folds stated. “As an affiliate that is dedicated to community revitalization, it has been a pleasure to function with some of our most lengthy-managing partners and supporters to get this accomplished. We believe that every person warrants a decent spot to are living AND engage in, and we’re joyful to see that aspiration recognized for the Westside Wildcats.”

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