Last week, at the Bradley Community Fall Festival, Mosaic proudly unveiled a new sign dedicating Bradley Community Park to honor the legacy of Ms. Frankie Smith.
“Mosaic and our predecessor company, IMC, have partnered on the Bradley Community Park Project since day one. We provided the initial donation of land and funding for equipment to start what is now Bradley Community Park,” shares Mosaic’s Director of Government and Public Affairs, Callie Neslund. “The imprint left by Ms. Frankie Smith’s on our community is felt by everyone, which is why we are proud to honor the memory of her legacy.”
As part of the dedication, the park will now be known as Frankie L. Smith Community Park. A sign, situated at the park entrance, welcomes visitors with an image of Ms. Smith and her famous motto, ‘Winning them with Love”.
Ms. Smith was the founder and CEO of the Bradley Community Project, Inc. Organized in 1991, the park provides an interactive play experience that brings children and families together in Bradley, FL. Her vision led to the Bradley Community Project, which hosts community activities for residents, including a community clean-up, Christmas extravaganza, Thanksgiving food distribution, and Fall Festival.
The organization also offers a tutoring program for students in partnership with Polk County. Additionally, programming allows residents to use their computers to apply for assistance and pay their utility bills with ease online. She also provided valued guidance to our community, having served on many boards and committees in Polk County and is remembered as the Pianist and Minister of Music of the St. Paul M. B. Church, where she was a member of over 65 years.
“Ms. Frankie created a park that is a welcoming and safe place for the entire community,” said Neslund. “We hope that with Mosaic’s contribution to the Bradley Community Park and Project Maintenace Fund, her love is felt for years to come.”
Mosaic also presented a $75,000 donation to support ongoing maintenance at the park through the Bradley Community Project Maintenance Fund.
The new sign and funding for park maintenance adds to the $150,000 investment Mosaic made in 2017 to help refresh the park and annual support to the Bradley Community Project organization.