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Frederick Douglass Park Family Center Receiving Facelift

By Laura O'Brien on 1/16/19 2:22 PM

More Than 300 Citizens Employees to Volunteer Over Two Days

INDIANAPOLIS – Citizens Energy Group employees will spend Thursday and Friday making improvements to the Frederick Douglass Park Family Center at Citizens’ 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 donate nearly 1,500 hours of their time during Sharing the Dream, and Citizens and its generous partners will contribute about $600,000 either monetarily or in-kind.

Located in the Martindale-Brightwood community, the historic Frederick Douglass Park is home to a variety of youth sports leagues and activities. The Frederick Douglass Park Family Center offers users of all ages a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including sports, arts, holiday events, meal-service programs, after-school programs, summer camps and senior activities.

Mayor Joe Hogsett, Citizens Energy Group President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison and Indy Parks Director Linda Broadfoot will tour the renovated facility tomorrow afternoon:

When: Thursday, January 17 at 2 p.m.

Where: Frederick Douglass Park Family Center
            1616 E. 25th St., Indianapolis, IN 46218

Citizens President & CEO Jeffrey Harrison said, “Citizens Energy Group and its employees look forward to Sharing the Dream and honoring the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., every year. In 2019, we’re excited to be making a positive impact on the Martindale-Brightwood area by upgrading such a vital and lively neighborhood institution as the Frederick Douglass Park Family Center.”

Over the course of the two-day service project, volunteers will spend time painting, cleaning, sorting and organizing. Other improvements to the facility include a renovated building entrance and new reception desk; new lighting; new carpet; upgraded sinks, cabinets and plumbing; creation of a dedicated technology area; installation of a video surveillance system; and much more.

“Bringing Sharing the Dream to Frederick Douglass Park is a great way to honor the legacy of service left by both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frederick Douglass,” said Mayor Joe Hogsett.  “Our community is grateful to Citizens for making the first of many significant improvements coming to the park, and we’re anxious for the neighbors to be able to enjoy the facilities they deserve.”

On Monday, January 21, Indy Parks will reopen the newly updated Family Center for a community open house from 12-4 p.m., giving neighbors a chance to tour the facility and see the improvements.

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 Marksmen Construction Services and Mitsch Design. Other partners include A All Star Garage Doors; Bright Ideas in Broad Ripple; Ciriello Plumbing; Connor Fine Painting; Chisholm Lumber & Supply Co., Inc.; Denney Companies; Energy Plus Credit Union; Fresh 2 Order; First Electric Supply; General Communications Inc.; Grainger; Greene’s Auto & Truck Service; Miller Pipeline; Nu Flow Indy; One Source; Peine Engineering; Pulse Electric; QuickLifts; Refined Restoration; Sherwin-Williams; Solace Risk Management; Suburban Glass Service, Inc.; Superior Carpet; The Carpenter’s Son; Trinity Security; Veterans Construction Management; and WaterWorks Plumbing, Inc.

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 11 years for improvements to 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
(C) 317-519-1515

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