Make a Difference in Your Community with Project Evergreen’s “Our Winning Green Space” Contest

 December 12, 2017

There is still time to enter Project Evergreen’s “Our Winning Green Space” contest and have a chance to win a top-of-the-line Exmark mower package to maintain much-needed athletic and recreational green spaces. These facilities provide local residents with greener, healthier and safer places to exercise, connect and build community.

Developed to raise awareness for Project Evergreen’s “Healthy Kids. Healthy Turf.” Program, the contest is presented in conjunction with Exmark Manufacturing, the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and the Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE).

The deadline to enter the “Our Winning Green Space” contest is Friday, December 15.


Municipal parks and recreation departments, public works departments and non-profit agencies are invited to enter. The online submission process requires an essay and photos explaining why their city needs new equipment and renovated playing fields, and how winning the contest will assist in maintaining a healthier, safer area for kids and families to play.

The winning entry will receive an Exmark commercial mower package including a 60-inch Lazer Z X-Series zero-turn rider and Commercial 30 walk-behind machine, and a “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” renovation project for their city.

“Project Evergreen is thrilled to partner with Exmark and the STMA on this opportunity to raise awareness for our “Healthy Turf. Healthy Kids.” program and the importance of safe, natural grass fields for kids to play,” said Cindy Code, executive director of Project Evergreen. “It’s also a fun opportunity for cities to share their story and compete for a field makeover.”

Last year’s “Our Winning Green Space” contest winner was In Memory Of Community Garden and the Warrendale Community Organization in Detroit, Michigan. The two non-profit organizations, headed by Joe and Barb Matney, work with the City of Detroit to transform vacant city lots into community gardens and “pocket parks.”

Barb Matney, co-founder of In Memory Community Garden, said the group feels very blessed to have won the contest.

“The mowers have allowed us to continue to improve our community and maintain safer, more accessible and much-needed outdoor gathering spaces for Detroit residents to enjoy.”