Louisville, KY, March 23, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Sam’s Club, a division of Walmart Stores, Inc., announced a pledge of $75,000 to 21st Century Parks, the nonprofit organization responsible for the creation of The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, Ky.
“We are grateful and appreciative to Walmart and Sam’s Club for their dedication to our community and for their generous donation to 21st Century Parks,” said Dan Jones, Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Parks.
The donation will be recognized with signage at one of the planned canoe launches at The Parklands. One of the critical and unique opportunities provided by the project is a 22-mile canoe trail where adults and children will be able to canoe and kayak, exposing them to a number of educational resources. Each launch is located to accommodate the schedule and curriculum logistics for school field trips, group outings and individual visitors.
21st Century Parks, established in 2004, is responsible for fund raising, land acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance of the new parks system. The Parklands of Floyds Fork is a nearly 4,000 acre public parks system under development along the Floyds Fork watershed in eastern and southeastern Louisville.
One of the largest and most ambitious metropolitan park projects in the nation, The Parklands is comprised of four parks linked by a park drive, a world class urban trail system and a remarkable water trail, all tracing Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. In addition to the numerous planned community spaces, The Parklands will preserve 80 percent of the land in natural habitat. Major construction for The Parklands is planned to begin in spring 2011 and all four parks are expected to be complete by 2015.
The first Sam’s Club opened its doors in Midwest City, Okla., in 1983. Today, Sam’s Club serves more than 47 million U.S. members with locations nationwide, as well as in Brazil, China, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Sam’s Club saves its members on average 30.4 percent over grocery and specialty retailers by offering superior values on quality merchandise and services for home or work. Giving Made Simple is a new addition to a long history of charitable contributions made by Sam’s Club at both the national and local level. Last year, Sam’s Club associates logged more than 113,879 hours to the company’s Volunteerism Always Pays grant program, which resulted in $948,000 worth of charitable grants to education, workforce development, environmental and health and wellness focused organizations.