March 11, 2010

Spotlight on video contest finalist MLK Park

MLK park in Winnsboro, TexasVoting is underway for our Promote Your Project Video Contest, and MLK Park project leaders think their project deserves your vote! Here’s what they have to say about the park, the town, and their vision for creating a great space for their kids to play.

About Winnsboro, Texas:
Winnsboro, Texas is a community rich with African American roots going back to the old cotton mills of East Texas. The contributions of the African American community can’t be underestimated. Yet the only park, one dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., sits vacant.

History of MLK Park:
The park site (pictured above) was the location of a cotton gin at the turn of the century. During the Great Depression, the site was home to a Works Progress Administration project—as evidenced today by a historic rock-wall ditch. Today, bits of concrete in the ground suggest what might have once been the foundation of a building, and the WPA ditch is overrun with trees and shrubs.

MLK Park today:
A lone picnic bench is a testament to the wishes of the residents to utilize the space for their families. But the park is mostly empty. You might see a single child playing ball, or an adult lying on a blanket reading a book.

Who’s behind the playground project:
HYPE (Helping Young People Excel), a local organization dedicated to individual development strategies for youth and young adults, has determined that our community deserves better. Nearly all members from the organization have lived in the community most or all of their lives, following in the footsteps of their parents and grandparents.

Major challenges:
This is a region and community with an above-average percentage of residents living below the poverty level and historically high poverty rates. Fundraising for major projects is difficult and made more so by the current economic climate.

Help MLK Park get $5,000 toward playground equipment! Watch their video entry and cast your vote.

See all videos from our 10 finalists.



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