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Citizens Energy Group to Renovate Watkins Park Family Center

Citizens and Partners Invest $100,000 in Upgrades

 INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group and its generous partners are renovating the Watkins Park Family Center as part of Citizens’ Sharing the Dream project. Sharing the Dream is a multi-day community service project that gives Citizens 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 two-day event, and Citizens and roughly 20 partners this year have contributed $100,000, either monetarily or in-kind, to upgrade the facility.

Citizens Energy Group President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison, Mayor Joe Hogsett, and Indy Parks Director Phyllis Boyd will tour the renovation in progress on Thursday morning:

When: Thursday, January 13 at 10:30 a.m.
Where: Watkins Park Family Center
            2360 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. St.
            Indianapolis, IN 46208

Media are invited to attend. Social distancing on site will be closely observed and all attendees must wear a face covering. If you don’t have a face covering, one will be provided.

Citizens President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison said, “Year after year, Citizens employees and our partners dedicate time and talent to refreshing Indy Parks facilities through Sharing the Dream. This year, we are proud to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the transformation of the Watkins Park Family Center, a mainstay of the vibrant Near Northwest community.”

Improvements to the facility include new security cameras; new LED lighting; fresh paint throughout; new audio-visual equipment; transformation of a storage room into a reception area; restroom repairs; new furniture; exterior access ramp replacement; landscape improvements; and much more.

“Watkins Park and its Family Center will benefit greatly from this year’s Sharing the Dream project,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett. “Thank you to Citizens and partners for investing in a facility that has such a rich tradition of offering youth and senior programs and services, and hosting weddings, family events, civic meetings, and other gatherings in the Near Northwest community.”

On Monday, January 17, Indy Parks will reopen the newly updated Family Center for a community open house from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., giving neighbors a chance to tour the facility and see the improvements.

Our Partners
All our partners deserve recognition, and we thank them for their efforts to make Sharing the Dream successful, especially Mitsch Design and Peine Engineering. Other partners include A.G. Maas, ASI Global Partitions; Connor Fine Painting; Denney Companies; Energy Plus Credit Union; General Communications Inc.; Greene’s Auto & Truck Service; IRE; McGath Concrete; Mainscape; Nishida Services, Inc.; Powers and Sons Construction Co.; Pulse Electric; Refined Restoration; SSI Services, Inc.; and Wagner Signs.

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 14 years for improvements to Frederick Douglass Park Family Center, Golf Course Clubhouse, and Pool House; 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
Phone: 317-519-1515
Email: media@citizensenergygroup.com