Walnut Hills Park in Dayton was filled with children, families and University students on Sunday, April 2 — the same day as the presidential inaugural events kicked off. Members of the Walnut Hills community and UD’s Dayton Civic Scholars gathered at the park to celebrate renovation plans for the summer.
Gabi Sanfilippo ’17 and Erika Mrzlak ’17 are two members of the senior cohort for the Dayton Civic Scholars that chose to work with Walnut Hills for their senior capstone project.
“We’ve spent the last three years raising money and we’ve applied for grants and met with people in the community and figured out through the city of Dayton how we could best utilize the area,” Sanfilippo said. “We decided to put our money into the park just to make it a better gathering space.”
Because the groundbreaking will happen after the seniors have graduated, the group decided to hold a celebratory event at the park beforehand with games, food and fun.
“We wanted to get together with the community one last time before we graduate,” Sanfilippo said.
“The community is rallying behind [this project] completely,” Mrzlak said. “They’re very passionate people.”
The Dayton Civic Scholars project will give the park a face lift, including resurfacing the courts, painting court boundaries and providing and installing new equipment.