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DPR, Coca-Cola and NRPA Celebrate Court Improvements at Benning Park Community Center

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
DPR receives grant for basketball and tennis court renovations

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(Washington, DC) – Today, the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) DPR, the Coca-Cola Company and the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) recognized a court resurfacing project at Benning Park Community Center, which is located at Southern Avenue and Fable Streets, SE. In partnership with the Coca-Cola Company, NRPA is providing grants to communities to improve parks and recreation facilities for community members.
DPR received the grant for tennis and basketball court resurfacing at Benning Park Community Center. DPR participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony in recognition of the dedication and outstanding work achieved by both NRPA and The Coca-Cola Company.
“This grant provided in partnership with the Coca-Cola Company and NRPA helps further DPR’s mission to provide quality recreation services throughout the city,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. “It is our hope that the newly refurbished courts at Benning Park will increase physical fitness and wellness in our community.”
This initiative is helping ensure that families, teens and young adults have inviting places to gather and enjoy the outdoors. Grants to local communities are refurbishing active spaces such as ballfields and basketball courts.
“We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting celebration, which recognizes our commitment to improving parks and recreation facilities nationwide,” said Barbara Tulipane, NRPA President and CEO. “Undoubtedly, the improvements made at Benning Park will make a positive difference in the community — providing additional opportunities for all people to gather and spend time outdoors in their local park.”     
Coca-Cola provided DPR Summer campers the opportunity to join the ceremony at Benning Park with a fun-filled day of activities and games. 

For more information regarding NRPA grants, please visit: http://www.nrpa.org/Grants-and-Partners/Recreation-and-Health/Coca-Cola-Refreshing-Community-Spaces/


About DPR 
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.
About the National Recreation and Park Association
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of more than 50,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles, conservation initiatives and equitable access to parks and public space. For more information, visit www.nrpa.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit www.parksandrecreation.org.

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