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MLK DAY 2016!

On Monday, January 18, 2016, from 9:00am – 4:00 pm, partners General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) and ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA brought volunteers from Turner Construction Company, Cope Linder Architects, and Stantec together for a Martin Luther King Day service project designed to support children’s education at Hunting Park Community Garden.

Fifteen high school students representing Swenson, Mastery Charter Thomas Campus, and Science Leadership Academy joined the volunteers. All of the students participate in the local affiliate of the national ACE Mentor Program, a nonprofit organization that engages and encourages high school students to consider careers in design and construction.

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Together, the students and volunteers built four raised garden boxes for children’s educational purposes. Turner Construction Company will provide carpenters, equipment, and materials. GBCA will coordinate volunteer activities. Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez of the 7th District has been asked to participate in the day of service.

“The Hunting Park Community Garden network is excited and looking forward to adding a children’s learning component to the garden with the help of the ACE Mentor Program and the GBCA on MLK Day 2016,” says Michael Wilcox, representative of the Hunting Park Community Garden.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation have led revitalization of the 87-acre Hunting Park in North Philadelphia, which has become a model for community involvement. The Hunting Park Community Garden was dedicated in 2011 and serves as a place where the community can learn about, grow, and gain access to fresh and healthy food.

Check out some photos from the project! 

About General Building Contractors Association

As one of America’s oldest trade associations, GBCA advances commercial construction in the Philadelphia region by serving as a powerful voice, an industry watchdog, and a critical resource.

Established in 1891, GBCA is the Philadelphia chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). GBCA provides more than 300 member companies with access to proven advocacy, networking opportunities, safety services, and education and training programs. For more information, visitwww.GBCA.com.

About ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania

The ACE Mentor Program of Eastern Pennsylvania, an affiliate of a national non-profit organization, engages and encourages high school students to consider careers in design and construction through mentoring, scholarships, and grants. Students are recruited from public and private schools in greater Philadelphia, with special efforts made to reach traditionally underrepresented populations of women and minorities. Students participate on interdisciplinary projects led by volunteer mentors from firms representing architects, construction managers, engineers, and owners. From November until May, teams meet biweekly to experience the entire design and construction process, including site and office visits. Founded in 2000, the local affiliate works with students from 20 area high schools in Philadelphia and suburban schools in Chester, Norristown, Plymouth-Whitemarsh, Pottstown, and Souderton. For more information, visit http://www.acementor.org/affiliates/pennsylvania/eastern or contact ACE Affiliate Director Tiffany Millner, AIA, NOMA, at easternpa@acementor.org or (215) 820-8929.

About Hunting Park Community Garden

The Hunting Park Community Garden is an 11,000-square-foot fenced area within the 87-acre Hunting Park of the Fairmount Park park-system in Philadelphia. The garden officially opened following an October 2011 dedication ceremony with a ribbon cutting by Mayor Michael Nutter. The Fairmount Park Conservancy spearheaded the fundraising efforts for the revitalization of this magnificent neighborhood park that includes an existing Olympic-size pool, new football and baseball fields, USA-regulation tennis courts, and family-friendly play areas. Cooperation from both local residents (who make up the garden membership) and various city agencies has made the community garden successful. The dedicated gardeners grow a variety of healthy food for both their families and for distribution to the surrounding community.