Planting Seeds of Change: Bobcat Gives Back to Five Parks Around the Country

Published on March 1, 2024

Bobcat has partnered up with the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) to create a greener future by awarding five $50,000 grants to support park restoration. The five grants have been awarded to the communities of the city of Stonecrest, Georgia; Davidson County Parks and Recreation in Lexington, North Carolina; the city of Buffalo, New York; San Antonio River Authority of San Antonio, Texas; and the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation of Auburn, Washington. With the help of local Bobcat dealers, a variety of restoration, sustainability and enhancement projects are being completed to create more sustainable environments, building a stronger community and engagement outdoors.

Bobcat and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) are planting the seeds for a greener future by awarding five $50,000 grants to support park restoration across the country. 

Parks and community spaces provide opportunities for outdoor enjoyment, recreational activities and more. Like Bobcat® equipment, those spaces help people accomplish more. Together with the NRPA, Bobcat has aligned its mission of supporting communities by improving their environment and the outdoor spaces community members enjoy. 

With a mission to improve and renovate outdoor spaces at five different parks around the country, Bobcat is determined to help the NRPA bring local communities together for outdoor recreation and all the benefits it brings.

More Than a Machine

"The Bobcat sponsorship has really made things available that we would not normally be able to do,” says North Carolina State Senator Steve Jarvis. “It expanded the resources we’re able to put in other areas, and it’s with corporate sponsors like Bobcat that really help make this park a reality."

Bobcat is about more than just machines – it’s about empowering communities to build sustainable spaces.  

Bobcat employees and local dealers came together to support volunteer efforts around the country, planting native plants, moving dirt and, of course, supplying equipment. Partnering with the NRPA was the perfect opportunity to turn goals into action and enhance local communities by implementing green infrastructure projects. 

"Bobcat Company is more than our machines,” says Bobcat Senior Marketing Specialist Caryn Odenbach. “It is important to us to bring the community together and really show how our equipment can make a difference in spaces that beyond the construction site or the backyard."

Bobcat Helps Foster 5 Flourishing Environments

With grants of $50,000 and the help of local Bobcat dealers, a variety of restoration, sustainability and enhancement projects are set to take place in five parks nationwide.  

The deserving communities receiving grants are the city of Stonecrest, Georgia; Davidson County Parks and Recreation in Lexington, North Carolina; the city of Buffalo, New York; San Antonio River Authority of San Antonio, Texas; and the City of Auburn Parks, Arts & Recreation of Auburn, Washington.  

Everett Park – Stonecrest, Georgia 

The city of Stonecrest will open a trail at Everett Park with the help of a few community groups and their local Bobcat dealer. This trail will help encourage community engagement outdoors and knowledge about the native wildlife. 

Trueheart Ranch Park - San Antonio, Texas 

The San Antonio River Authority will be using the grant funds from Bobcat to invest in Trueheart Ranch Park, creating new trails, planting native species and building a bioswale. This project will help protect the park from environmental effects.

Yadkin River Park - Lexington, North Carolina 

Davidson County plans to build a native bog garden by repurposing unused land located near a Lexington, North Carolina, highway. In the newly named Yadkin River Park, people of all ages will learn about North Carolina’s plants. The park, which will also include a rain garden, provides an opportunity to be used as a resource for science projects and other community educational initiatives. Yadkin River Park will help protect the community from water pollution and flooding.

Houghton Park - Buffalo, New York 

The city of Buffalo plans to use Bobcat equipment and the funding from the grant to unearth buried debris from Houghton Park, making it safer for the community. With the help of Bobcat loaders and excavators, they will turn what used to be a dumping ground into a safe place for people to walk and for children to play. 

Auburndale Park – Auburn, Washington 

The city of Auburn is planning to use the grant to bring an old trail back to life at Auburndale Park. With the help of Bobcat excavators and skid-steer loaders, they will be able to remove chunky asphalt, replacing it with crushed gravel. This project will attract more people to enjoy the park with its newly surfaced pathways, trails and sidewalks. 

Joining Hands With Bobcat for the Future 

Bobcat is thrilled to be extending grants to deserving communities, and the positive outcomes are priceless.

"With this $50,000, we are able to build the low-impact development feature – planting all these plants to help restore runoff as well as planting native plants,” says San Antonio River Authority Deputy Director Kristen Hansen.

By sowing the seeds of positive change and providing a few tough, capable machines, Bobcat is helping to create greener, more connected communities across the nation.

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