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Honor a Loved One by Supporting Greensboro’s Parks with a Tribute Bench

July 11, 2024 Greensboro is fortunate to have an extensive network of parks, trails, lakes and recreation facilities that provide wonderful spaces for our community to gather, play and connect with nature. However, maintaining and improving these valuable public assets requires significant resources. One way residents can directly contribute to Greensboro’s parks while commemorating a loved one is through the Greensboro Parks Foundation’s Tribute Bench Program.  The Tribute Bench Program allows individuals to sponsor a durable 6-foot recycled plastic bench with a customized plaque inscribed with a personalized message of honor or remembrance. The bench donation covers the full cost…

Greensboro Parks Foundation Empowers Young Girls with WISE Program

July 11, 2024 In a groundbreaking move to inspire the next generation of female scientists and engineers, the Greensboro Parks Foundation, in collaboration with Greensboro Parks and Recreation, has launched an innovative after-school program called WISE – Women in Science and Engineering. This pilot program, generously supported by the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and Cone Health, is designed to ignite a passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in middle school girls across Greensboro and surrounding communities. The WISE program, which kicked off in August 2022, targets girls in grades 6-8, a critical age when many young…

The Healing Power of Parks: Board Member Mary Magrinat’s Unique Perspective

July 11, 2024 Mary Magrinat’s passion for nature and community service led her to join the Greensboro Parks Foundation Board of Directors in January of 2022. A consultant, nature photographer and dedicated volunteer, Mary brings a unique perspective to our organization, shaped by her transformative work with public spaces. Mary was the driving force behind the creation of the Healing Gardens at Cone Health Cancer Center at Wesley Long Hospital, along with Sally Pagliai, the garden’s landscape designer. This project, born from her vision and dedication, has become a sanctuary for patients, families, and staff. Mary continues to volunteer her…

Send a Kid to Camp: Championing Childhood Joy Through Summer Camp Scholarships

July 11, 2024 In the heart of Greensboro, North Carolina, a city where one in four children live in poverty, the Greensboro Parks Foundation is on a mission to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience the magic of summer camp. With their “Send a Kid to Camp” scholarship fund, the foundation is breaking down financial barriers and opening doors to transformative experiences for local children. “Children thrive in nurturing and engaging environments,” says Paula Barger, Executive Director of the Greensboro Parks Foundation. “Our mission is to help families with financial need send their children to summer day…