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Bridgeport Students' Park Plans Blossom in Love Your City Challenge

Students help beautify Bridgeport through one of the many programs run by Groundwork Bridgeport.
Students help beautify Bridgeport through one of the many programs run by Groundwork Bridgeport. Photo Credit: Facebook

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Got a great idea that would breathe new life into Bridgeport’s East Side parks?

Groundwork Bridgeport is offering $500 to help one lucky high school team make its beautification dreams a reality.

On Wednesday, the nonprofit, which promotes environmental, economic and social well-being, announced the launch of its first-ever “Love Your City!” challenge.

“We don’t see this challenge as just a competition, but rather a fun and engaging way for students to build community pride and think differently about their city,” said Christina Smith, Groundwork Bridgeport’s executive director.

The challenge is funded by a Social Ventures Partners Pitch Fest Groundwork won in October.

The “Love Your City!” Challenge is just one of many initiatives of Groundwork Bridgeport, which for almost two decades, has worked to improve Bridgeport's physical environment. Through programs that aim to beautify and revitalize the city, Groundwork Bridgeport has built community gardens, organized community cleanups, and planted hundreds of trees and flowers.

The organization also offers opportunities for local high-school youth to learn and engage with their community. Last year, more than 120 Bridgeport students participated in its programs.

Groundwork Bridgeport also created more than 80 paid jobs in 2016 for Bridgeport students to earn money and much needed experience.

Recruitment for “Love Your City!” Challenge teams will begin in March. Entries will be judged in front of a panel in May with project implementation taking place in the summer.

To learn more about how you can participate in the Love Your City! Challenge or help Groundwork Bridgeport continue its work, go to groundworkbridgeport.org.

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