American Water Charitable Foundation and Maryland American Water announce $25,000 contribution to Bel Air Downtown Alliance to Make Park Accessible

Bel Air, MD (February 23, 2023) The American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established by American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, has partnered with Maryland American Water to award $25,000 to the Bel Air Downtown Alliance to support the renovation of Shamrock Park’s playground to improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities.

“Shamrock Park includes the most used playground in the Bel Air community,” said Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation. “We are so proud to provide funding for the renovations that will make it more accessible, which directly supports American Water’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity.”

The Bel Air Downtown Alliance will add new pieces of inclusive play equipment and a wheelchair-friendly path to easily allow playground access. The project will begin with the addition of a hard-surface path from the sidewalk. They will also add a merry-go-all, a spinning seat, and will add to the current swing set, installing a swing which is accessible and allows an adult to accompany the child. The upgrades to the Shamrock Park playground will create a safer and more inclusive environment for children of all abilities.

“In partnership with the Town of Bel Air, the Bel Air Downtown Alliance is so excited to partner with the American Water Charitable Foundation to restore this beloved community park,” says Jenny Falcone, Executive Director, Bel Air Downtown Alliance. “By making Shamrock Park more accessible to all, we are making Bel Air a more welcome and inclusive community for years to come.”

Funding for the park improvements were made through AWCF’s State Strategic Impact grant program which was launched in 2022 to help support high-impact projects and initiatives throughout American Water’s regulated and regulated-like footprint. State Strategic Impact grants are part of AWCF’s Keep Communities Flowing grant program, focused on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities.


About American Water Charitable Foundation

The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to be a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. For more information, visit and follow the American Water Charitable Foundation Facebook.

Maryland American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), provides high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 23,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Maryland American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,500 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit and American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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