Over 40 Packers employees gathered for a full day of refurbishing a playground at a neighborhood park in Green Bay, including the club donating new equipment and staff members landscaping the area.
Though not affiliated with recent United Way/Hometown Huddle playground builds, the success of those projects inspired Packers staff members to organize a community day for the club's employees to refurbish a neighborhood recreation area. The Packers worked in conjunction with the Green Bay Parks Department and selected Murphy Park, which was in need of new equipment and is well-supported and heavily used by families in the neighborhood.
"Giving back is an important part of what we do as an organization, and a lot of kids in Green Bay will benefit from refurbishing this playground," said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, who helped landscape. "One of the core beliefs of our club is to work together for the greater good of the community, and I think this also has a lot of value for our employees."
Existing equipment that did not need to be replaced was repainted, and the playground was resurfaced with fresh woodchips.
"With the Packers, it's not just about the level of visibility they bring to Green Bay, the economic impact or the way they promote our city," said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt. "They do things like this playground build, and it comes at no cost at a time when that is needed. The Packers supply all the materials, the labor and they get the whole thing done in a day. The Packers strengthen our community and we are very fortunate to have them to partner with on projects like this."