Joplin receives grant to build healing garden

Friday, May 24, 2013 | 7:58 a.m. CDT; updated 10:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 25, 2013

JOPLIN — Joplin has received a $200,000 grant to build a butterfly garden to serve as a refuge for survivors of the May 2011 tornado.

The money comes from the Annapolis, Md.-based TKF Foundation's Open Spaces Sacred Places initiative. The goal of the initiative is to create natural settings to help people cope with the aftermath of disasters.

The foundation also has awarded $320,000 to study the effect of time spent in nature at the Joplin Butterfly Garden and Overlook and a New York project. That New York project is a $65,000 park the foundation is funding to help residents recover from Superstorm Sandy.

The grant announcements were made on the two-year anniversary of the E-F5 tornado that hit Joplin, destroying the park where the butterfly garden will be built.

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