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Students improve local park through Operation Palmer Promotes Play

Volunteers lay sod in Sister Concetta Park during the OP3 phase 1 build day on Sept. 28.
volunteers kneeling on grass

Founded by 5th trimester student Jennifer Katzer and 6th trimester student Kristina Bemis in 2012, Operation Palmer Promotes Play (OP3) has grown to include students from nearly every student organization on the Davenport Campus, along with a number of employees and donors from the Quad-City community—including the Palmer Chiropractic Clinics, Vickie A. Palmer and alumni.

The mission of OP3 is to improve the health and well-being of children in the Quad-City community through play. The group’s initial project is to raise $64,000 to completely revitalize a downtown Davenport park, Sister Concetta Park, used by the children of Project Renewal, a not-for-profit organization that provides after-school and summer programs for underserved children.

By September 2013, the group raised nearly $25,000 for the project’s first phase, and was able to break ground at Sister Concetta Park. Directed by Aunt Rhodie’s Landscaping and Design, this phase consisted of re-grading the ground and laying sod to create a sports field where the Project Renewal children will play team sports.(See photos at http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/EzgpaW5L/1/6250970.)

The second phase of the project is building a treeshaded patio around an existing water fountain where the children can gather for healthy meals and snacks. The patio can also be used as a stage. Thanks to a generous pledge from the Duncan J. Cameron Family Foundation, this phase is already funded.

The project’s third phase is to provide new, safe playground equipment and surfacing that promotes physical strength, stability and endurance exercises and will encourage children to play longer and more often.

For more information about OP3 or to donate, go to www.palmer.edu/OP3.

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