The Parks Foundation of Hendricks County will receive a $10,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation. This generous gift will be used to create a Native Plant Rain Garden at Helen Pecar Memorial Park. Pecar Park is in Avon, Indiana and is part of Washington Township Parks and Recreation.

“We are so thankful to the Duke Energy Foundation for funding this important project for Pecar Park, our community and the environment”, said PFOHC Executive Director, Katy Cummings. “The Duke Energy Foundation Powerful Communities Nature Grant will positively impact our community.” To learn more about Pecar Park, visit www.washingtontwpparks.org.

About the Project

Indiana’s wetlands are diminishing. According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, there were approximately 5.6 million acres of wetlands in Indiana 200 years ago and only 813,000 acres of wetlands exist today. A loss of wetlands means a lack of homes for some animals and plants and an increase in pollutants in our water. It is imperative we educate the community on how they can help. To address this concern, Pecar Park is creating a Native Plant Rain Garden. The rain garden will provide efficient water conservation and educational display for the community to enjoy.

Pecar Park provides educational and entertainment opportunities for the community which includes access to water loving native plants that demonstrate water conservation practices. Through this project, the community will benefit from educational programs that cover topics such as water conservation, pollution, and wetlands. This project will be instrumental in increasing the biodiversity of the park and community by creating a new wetland habitat. The project will spur the community to plant native plants in gardens, landscaping, and other natural areas while increasing awareness of water conservation practices anyone can do in their own backyard. Our aim is to educate the public on how they can help wetlands and watersheds in their community.

About the Duke Energy Foundation

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy’s customers live and work. The foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at duke-energy.com/foundation.

Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), a Fortune 125 company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., is one of the largest energy holding companies in the U.S. It employs 30,000 people and has an electric generating capacity of 51,000 megawatts through its regulated utilities, and 3,000 megawatts through its nonregulated Duke Energy Renewables unit.

Duke Energy is transforming its customers’ experience, modernizing the energy grid, generating cleaner energy, and expanding natural gas infrastructure to create a smarter energy future for the people and communities it serves. The Electric Utilities and Infrastructure unit’s regulated utilities serve approximately 7.7 million retail electric customers in six states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Gas Utilities and Infrastructure unit distributes natural gas to more than 1.6 million customers in five states – North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio, and Kentucky. The Duke Energy Renewables unit operates wind and solar generation facilities across the U.S., as well as energy storage and microgrid projects.

Duke Energy was named to Fortune’s 2019 “World’s Most Admired Companies” list, and Forbes’ 2018 “America’s Best Employers” list. More information about the company is available at duke-energy.com. The Duke Energy News Center contains news releases, fact sheets, photos, videos, and other materials. Duke Energy’s illumination features stories about people, innovations, community topics and environmental issues. Follow Duke Energy on Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Facebook.

About the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County (PFOHC)

Beautiful parks, trails and outdoor spaces make our communities more vibrant places to live, work and play—and Hendricks County has some of the best amenities our great state has to offer!

Our mission at the Parks Foundation of Hendricks County is to ensure the livelihood and longevity of our community’s incredible parks. We do this by raising funds to enhance the cultural, recreational, and natural resources of Hendricks County public parks.