A new overlook, docks, freshly stained gazebos and beautiful landscaping greet visitors to Patterson Park in Fort Meade, Fla., after a volunteer effort by CSX and City Year. The transportation company teamed up with the nonprofit on June 22, 2013, for the third time in less than a year to improve a special site in the Tampa area. More than 80 volunteers cut down vegetation, built new structures and made repairs.
In this video, Bob O'Malley of CSX and Christian Correa of City Year explain how this day of service makes a difference to the park, the community and the employees and contractors who donate their time to help.
"Polk County is an important place for CSX; we've got a lot going on here with the new terminal in Winter Haven," says O'Malley. "So we thought doing something here at Patterson Park and Fort Meade would be a nice thing to do."
Contractors from each of the firms working on the Winter Haven CSX facility offered their skills and expertise toward the project. For example, a railroad bridge builder completed the docks and floats over the water.
"I'm really honored that CSX is coming here to try to develop this park," says Fort Meade Mayor Rick Cochrane. "It's the first park you see when you come into town. It's right here on the main streets, and this will be a stepping stone to bigger and better things for the city of Fort Meade."
Learn more about how CSX is committed to actively engaging in programs and initiatives designed to make the world a better place at BeyondOurRails.org.