In an effort to reduce the amount of plastic waste going to the landfill, Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department (MPRD) has initiated a “Bring Your Own *Water* Bottle” campaign with its employees and patrons to its facilities, parks and greenways.
“It’s become second-nature to grab a bottled water because it’s convenient. Now our second-nature habits are endangering our only nature,” said Melinda Tate, marketing coordinator.
Citizens pledging to use a refillable water bottle during the month of September are entered into a drawing for a Hydo Flask® sport bottle. Pledges may be made on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page or at Sports*Com, Patterson Park Community Center, McFadden Community Center, Adams Tennis Complex, and The Wilderness Station at Barfield Crescent Park. No purchase is necessary to enter the drawing.
“As recycling efforts for plastic become uncertain, reducing the use of plastic is becoming more important,” said Nate Williams, MPRD director. “Using refillable bottles is something that we all can do.”
Water fountains throughout the department are gradually being replaced with fountains that include a bottle filler station that dispenses filtered water in addition to providing a spout for drinking. These new fountains are located at Sports*Com, Patterson, and the Wilderness Station as well as at Linebaugh Library, Discovery Center, and Stones River National Battlefield.
Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department is dedicated to providing vibrant public spaces and inclusive programs delivered with visionary leadership and caring staff that engage the individual and strengthen the quality of life of our community.