Industry-leading landscape services company donates materials and services to build a safe recreational area for children and families
Team members from BrightView’s Landscape Development, Landscape Services, and Tree Company service lines teamed up to build a child safe recreational area at Ruby’s Place, a nonprofit organization in the Northern California city of Hayward that provides shelter and support services for families and individuals directly affected by domestic violence and human trafficking.
Ruby’s Place’s Children’s Program provides therapeutic services for children by assisting them in their development and relationships by engaging in play therapy in a positive environment.
Despite their importance, the shelter’s three children’s playgrounds were neglected and unsafe areas and went completely unused. This area is the only space available within the protected facility for more than a dozen children to play in.
BrightView teams removed the existing structures from the three playground areas and transformed the space by supplying and installing new underground drainage, concrete walkways, security fencing and gates, wood planter boxes, a synthetic turf kick-about soccer field, an outdoor area for families with an overhead shade trellis along with a low-water usage irrigation system and drought tolerant trees, shrubs, and groundcovers.
“It has been so rewarding to see all of our BrightView team members from different service lines come together to give back to our community for such a worthwhile cause,” said Skip Stevens, Vice President and General Manager at BrightView Landscape Development. “It’s very rewarding to be able to provide a play space that is safe, fun, and a positive environment for the children and families at Ruby’s Place.”
BrightView team members worked with Ruby’s Place and HomeAid in Northern California and partnered with contractors, vendors, suppliers, and donors to make this community outreach event a success for all involved.
Later this spring, BrightView team members, HomeAid, contractors, and donation partners will return to the family shelter and join the Ruby’s Place staff and families for an “all hands in” volunteer event to fix-up other areas of the shelter by painting buildings, cleaning windows, and more.
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