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In the spirit of reality shows like "Ultimate Home Makeover," The Starbucks Neighborhood Park Program has donated $550,000 to King County's White Center Heights Park in the Puget Sound area to be significantly renovated - in under a week. The park-in-a-week transformation will be completed through the joint efforts of residents, local groups, park staff, contractors, and Starbucks staff.

The underdeveloped 5.57 acre park is a central meeting place for the community, including nearby housing developments, elementary schools and boys & girls clubs. Both local residents and Starbucks employees are thrilled.

“We look at parks as [gathering places]," said Cosimo LaPorta, Vice President of Pacific Northwest Operations. "Places that mirror the character of the community, where people can reflect, reenergize and play . . . We are proud and excited to work with the White Center community to renovate and create a new gathering place."

Construction, a volunteer event, will begin in June after several community meetings about which changes are to be made. Improvements could include a new playground, major landscaping and structural improvements.

The Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program was created in 2000. Since its inception, the Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program has provided $2.4 million in funding to help protect and revitalize over 104 park projects in the Puget Sound area.

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December 8, 2019, 7:50 am PDT

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