Stihl Inc. partnered with the city of Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation and local lawn care company, K&D Round’s Landscape Services, to give back to the community as part of the third annual Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) Day of Service, a nationwide event that encourages green industry companies to give back to their communities. The Stihl event took place May 7 at Munden Point Park.
“At Stihl Inc., we believe it is our responsibility as citizens of Virginia Beach to give back to our community in every way possible,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for Stihl Inc. and PLANET board member. “We are proud to be a part of PLANET Day of Service and partner with the Parks and Recreation department to improve one of our city’s great parks.”
Volunteers from Stihl Inc. and their families, K&D Round’s Landscape Services, and city-trained personnel all participated in the event at Munden Point Park. Some of the improvements included tree pruning, shrub trimming, spreading mulch and pine straw, cleaning flower beds, sand volleyball court replenishment, and playground mulch replenishment.
“This is the third year that we have worked with Stihl Inc. to revitalize our local parks,” said Shawn Hopson, Virginia Beach open space manager. “This partnership with Stihl and local tree care companies has really saved taxpayers’ money while keeping our parks in the best possible shape for the community.”
Stihl Inc. is a supporting sponsor of PLANET Day of Service and is one of many companies performing a variety of volunteer lawn and landscape projects to give back to their communities across the country. The event was organized to demonstrate the importance of maintaining green spaces in recognition of Earth Day. More than 3,100 people in 43 states took part in the 2011 PLANET Day of Service and completed 190 service projects.
For more information on PLANET Day of Service, visit www.planetdayofservice.org.