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Community Impact Project Brings Improvements to Minnesota State Park

Fort Snelling State Park benefits from community enhancement event

Nov 01, 2021  |   Rental

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MOLINE, IL.- A Community Impact Project aimed at giving back to communities across the country through rental-related projects has helped to bring improvements to one of Minnesota’s most popular state parks.  

Fort Snelling State Park, located in the heart of the Twin Cities, was the recent site of a Community Impact Project coordinated by the ARA Foundation and The Toro Company Foundation. Volunteers from local rental businesses teamed up with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) on Sept. 14 and Sept. 15 to install a natural play area, restore native vegetation, remove flood damage and perform maintenance on walking trails and public areas.    

The two-day project was led by nine Minnesota-based rental companies and their employees, who offered rental expertise, equipment and labor. Volunteers from area rental businesses and manufacturers included:

  • Hiawatha Reddy Rents, Minneapolis
  • Crown Rental, Burnsville
  • A1 Rent It, Wayzata
  • Brainerd General Rental, Brainerd
  • First Western Equipment Finance, Eden Prairie
  • J & F Reddy Rents, Saint Louis Park
  • DePrey Co., Saint Cloud
  • Great Northern Equipment, Rogers
  • Broadway Rental Equipment Co., Brooklyn Park

The efforts at Fort Snelling State Park were the third in a series of Community Impact Projects. The inaugural event was held in Ohio during June and was followed by a second project in Denver in July. One additional project is planned for 2021.

“This effort was made possible through a $20,000 donation from the ARA Foundation and The Toro Company Foundation, plus the generosity of local rental companies throughout the Twin Cities who volunteered their time and donated the use of rental equipment,” said Marcy Wright, ARA Foundation executive director. “We were able to make improvements to a state park in the heart of the cities and with that came a sense of accomplishment for all who were involved.”   

The Community Impact Program involves both foundations partnering with local nonprofit organizations to coordinate community service projects across the country. The dual-purpose program allows those in the rental industry an opportunity to give back to their community, as well as build public awareness and demonstrate the advantages of rental.

Judson McNeil  |  Toro Foundation  |  952-887-8870  |  judson.mcneil@toro.com
April Fleckner  |  American Rental Association  |  309-277-4234  |  april.kleckner@ararental.org

About The Toro Company
The Toro Company (NYSE: TTC) is a leading worldwide provider of innovative solutions for the outdoor environment including turf and landscape maintenance, snow and ice management, underground utility construction, rental and specialty construction, and irrigation and outdoor lighting solutions. With sales of $3.4 billion in fiscal 2020, The Toro Company’s global presence extends to more than 125 countries through a family of brands that includes Toro, Ditch Witch, Exmark, BOSS Snowplow, Ventrac, American Augers, Subsite Electronics, HammerHead, Trencor, Unique Lighting Systems, Irritrol, Hayter, Pope, Lawn-Boy and Radius HDD. Through constant innovation and caring relationships built on trust and integrity, The Toro Company and its family of brands have built a legacy of excellence by helping customers work on golf courses, sports fields, construction sites, public green spaces, commercial and residential properties and agricultural operations. For more information, visit www.thetorocompany.com.

About ARA
The American Rental Association, Moline, Ill., is an international trade association for owners of equipment and event rental businesses and the manufacturers and suppliers of construction, general tool and event rental equipment. ARA members, which include more than 11,000 rental businesses and more than 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers, are located in every U.S. state, every Canadian province and more than 50 countries worldwide. Founded in 1955, ARA is the source for information, advocacy, education, networking and marketplace opportunities for the equipment and event rental industry throughout the world. For more information, visit www.ARArental.org.

About the ARA Foundation
The ARA Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is the heart of the equipment and event rental industry. Its mission is to implement programs that create educational opportunities, build relationships, and aid the industry. The Foundation provides support through its five programs – Employee Training Assistance, Young Professional Development, Scholarships, Disaster Relief, and the newest Community Impact Program. The ARA Foundation strives to have a positive influence on the equipment and event rental industry and be recognized as a philanthropic leader. For more information, visit www.ararental.org/ARA-Foundation.