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Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course Clubhouse to be Refurbished

By Laura O'Brien on 1/15/20 1:07 PM

Citizens Energy Group and Partners Investing $100,000 in Upgrades

INDIANAPOLIS – The clubhouse at the historic Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course will undergo a transformation on Thursday and Friday during Citizens Energy Group’s annual Sharing the Dream event, a multi-day community service project that gives employees a chance to serve Central Indiana and honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Employee volunteers will collectively donate hundreds of hours of their time during the event, and Citizens and its generous partners will contribute around $100,000, either monetarily or in-kind.

Located in the Martindale-Brightwood community, this 9-hole golf course opened in 1926 as the only golf course in the nation named for an African-American. The course has hosted greats such as heavyweight boxing champion Joe Lewis and renowned golfers Ted Rhodes, Charlie Sifford and even a young Tiger Woods. The Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course clubhouse not only serves golfers, but also is a popular meeting place for politicians, business owners and civic groups.

Mayor Joe Hogsett, Citizens Energy Group President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison and Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot will tour the renovation-in-progress tomorrow morning:

When:  Thursday, January 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course Clubhouse
            2801 Dr. Andrew J. Brown Avenue
            Indianapolis, IN 46205

Citizens President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison said, “After making improvements to the Frederick Douglass Park Family Center during Sharing the Dream in 2019, Citizens Energy Group is excited to return to the area to upgrade the clubhouse at the historic Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course. By choosing this site for our 2020 project, we continue to leave our legacy by supporting Indy Parks’ mission of connecting communities by providing places and experiences that inspire healthy living, social engagement and a love of nature. I couldn’t be more thrilled that our employees continue serving our community through volunteerism and am appreciative of our in-kind contributions from our strategic partners.”

Improvements to the facility will include installing a security system; upgrading all lighting to LED; updating flooring; installing audio-visual equipment; replacing furniture; reframing historical photos; cleaning and servicing HVAC and other equipment; making safety upgrades; and much more. Citizens will also return in the spring to perform beautification work outside the facility, as well as update ADA structures.

“The City of Indianapolis and Indy Parks are fortunate to have such a great partner in Citizens Energy Group and its Sharing the Dream project,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “These upgrades will mean so much to those who use the Frederick Douglass Park Golf Course and clubhouse and will highlight its rich historical significance. The Indy Parks and golf course staff have been enthusiastic, passionate and thoughtful collaborators in this project.”

On Monday, January 20, Indy Parks and Frederick Douglass Golf Course staff will reopen the newly updated clubhouse for a community open house from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., giving the community a chance to view the new facility and enjoy refreshments.

Our Partners
All of our partners deserve recognition, and we thank them for their efforts prior to and during the Sharing the Dream event, especially Mitsch Design and Peine Engineering. Other partners include A.G. Maas Facility Supplies & Furnishings Co.; BrightView; Connor Fine Painting; Denney Companies; Energy Plus Credit Union; General Communications Inc.; Greene’s Auto & Truck Service; Mainscape; PFM Car & Truck Care Center; Powers and Sons Construction Co.; Pulse Electric; Refined Restoration; Sherwin-Williams; Trinity Security.

About Sharing the Dream
Sharing the Dream is an annual service project to honor the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Citizens has donated more than $3 million during Sharing the Dream projects over the past 12 years for improvements to Frederick Douglass Park Family Center; Brookside Park Family Center; Martin Luther King, Jr. Park’s pool and bathhouse; Pride Park Community Center; Municipal Gardens; Eagle Creek Hide-A-Way; Perry Park’s Ice Arena; Thatcher Park; Krannert Park; Garfield Park; and Riverside Park.

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 900,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities for the benefit of customers and the community.

Media Contact Information

Laura O'Brien
(O) 317-927-4341
(C) 317-519-1515

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