Residents in Nocatee will notice a new addition to their county park facilities in the coming weeks. That’s because workers from the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department will install a new water fountain and bottle refill station in the restroom area of the Nocatee Fields.
This addition results from a partnership effort between the local Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra and the St. Johns County Parks Foundation. The club is providing a grant of almost $2,000 that will go through the newly formed St. Johns County Parks Foundation, which will, in turn, give it to the Parks & Rec department for the equipment purchase.
A gathering was held at the restroom area of Nocatee Fields on Jan. 23 for a ceremonial big check photo opportunity.
A couple of years ago, leaders from the Rotary Club approached the Parks & Rec Department asking if there was anything the club could do to help efforts in Nocatee parks and beyond. The result of that conversation was a commitment from the club to supply funding for at least one (and hopefully more) water bottle refill stations at the Nocatee Fields.
“Our club members are among those who use and enjoy the facilities at Nocatee Fields daily,” said Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra President Josh Hull. “We thank the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department and St. Johns County Parks Foundation for the opportunity to provide relief to those who run, sweat and play in our beautiful parks. It helps fulfill our Rotary mission of ‘Service Above Self’ and addresses the ongoing issue of providing clean drinking water to our world's population.”
According to the United Nations, one in four people worldwide cannot access clean drinking water.