Volunteers to Make Much-Needed Upgrades to Rey Park Community Center for National Neighborhood Promise Day

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Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay and Republic Services of Tampa are partnering on a project to renovate and revitalize a busy community center in historic Old West Tampa. On Saturday, Dec. 7, volunteers from Republic Services and the community will spruce up Rey Park Community Center, which provides a safe place after school for neighborhood youth.

Rey Park Community Center offers students a place to complete their homework and even have dinner before parents pick them up after work. During the summer, the center keeps children and teenagers active and engaged - and out of trouble.

Projects will include much-needed upgrades to the concession stand, which provides snacks and meals for students; new technology for the computer area; new rubberized flooring for the exercise area; and a fresh coat of paint.

The project is organized by Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay and funded through a National Neighborhood Promise grant from the Republic Services Charitable Foundation. The foundation has supported 23 neighborhood revitalization projects across the country this year.

"We are proud to partner on this critical revitalization project in West Tampa. Rebuilding Together s focus on communities in Tampa is a natural fit for us, as these are the same communities where many of our employees live and work," said Howard Peterson, Republic Services general manager. "We are committed to helping build stronger neighborhoods in our local communities."

WHEN: Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019,
Work projects: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Media opportunities: 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m.

WHERE: Rey Park Community Center, 2301 N. Howard Ave., Tampa


  • Interviews with Rebuilding Together and Republic Services leadership
  • Interviews with community members
  • Photos of work projects in action
  • Opportunities for b-roll or live shots

Media Contact:
Jose Garcia
813-389-0952 (cell)

Deirdre Edgar
Republic Services