Cummins Receives ‘Weathering the Storm’ Award from Indy Parks

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Cummins Director of Sustainability Communications Blair Claflin, center, is joined by Indy Parks Director John Williams, right, and Allen McClendon, left, Senior Manager of Community Outreach and Coordinator of the My City, My Park initiative.
Cummins Director of Sustainability Communications Blair Claflin, center, is joined by Indy Parks Director John Williams, right, and Allen McClendon, left, Senior Manager of Community Outreach and Coordinator of the My City, My Park initiative.

Cummins’ Indianapolis Community Involvement Team was tremendously honored to win an award on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014 from the Indianapolis Parks Department for work at Eagle Creek Park in 2014.

Representatives from Cummins were joined by several other corporations at an Indy Parks-sponsored luncheon at the Garfield Park Arts Center in Indianapolis.

“Thank you enormously from the Indy Parks family for both adopting Eagle Creek Park and working hard to improve the park as a whole in 2014, despite the unruly weather conditions,” parks officials said on our “Weathering the Storm” award.

Cummins employees organized a two-day work project in both the spring and fall in 2014 and in both cases it rained for at least one of the days.

Nevertheless, in the spring, we helped to remove a dangerous stairway on the Coffer Dam Trail north of 62nd Street in the park and lined the new trail with rocks to help people stay on the path and avoid sensitive areas that have suffered from erosion.

This fall, Cummins employees focused on something that frequent park visitors know as Fisherman’s Cove. It had become overgrown with invasive plants such as honey suckle to the point they blocked the view of the reservoir for people walking on a nearby trail.

We also planted more than 200 native plants and six oak trees, putting cages around the trees and some of the plants to protect them from deer at the park.

Employees who work in Indianapolis and employees who live in the Indianapolis area but commute to Cummins’ facilities in Southern Indiana worked an estimated 500 hours in Eagle Creek Park over the past year.

For our employees, it’s a labor of love. The park is gorgeous, especially when the leaves begin to turn.

Here are some before and after photos from our work at Fisherman’s Cove.

Before
Eagle Creek 2014 - Before

After
Eagle Creek 2014 - After

 

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