True Blue: Navy Family Benefactors and the Armed Forces Family Foundation held a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Nov. 7 at Lake Wonderwood Preserve to celebrate the opening of upgraded recreation facilities for troops and families living on Naval Station Mayport.

As part of the ceremony, AFFF and True Blue will unveil structural renovations and the addition of needed amenities for two picnic pavilions located at phase two and three of the on-base lakeside park. New amenities will include two BBQ grills, seven wear-resistant TREX picnic tables and two TREX trashcans, which can be used freely by residents living on the base and for community events.

These additions will expand the capabilities of the structures and allow for even greater usage by the service men and women of NS Mayport and their families.

“We‚’re honored to continue our partnership with True Blue and help further improve the recreation facilities for the service members and families stationed at NS Mayport,” said John Wright, a board member at AFFF. “Lake Wonderwood is an amazing resource for the Mayport community and the continued improvements made to the park since 2013 showcase both groups‚’ dedication to supporting our troops and their families.”

AFFF donated a total of $19,790 for the project, which will further aid True Blue‚’s continued mission to renovate and maintain Lake Wonderwood Preserve.

Since 2013, True Blue and their volunteers have worked to develop and improve the recreational facilities at Lake Wonderwood, including extending concrete pathways, building new walking bridges and continuing park upkeep.

True Blue and AFFF have previously partnered on projects to improve the Lake Wonderwood area, including:

•2017 - Installation of a second children‚’s playground

•2016 - Construction of a pavilion shelter with BBQ grills and picnic amenities at phase one of Lake Wonderwood Preserve

•2015 - Installation of a children‚’s playground facility

AFFF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides 100 percent of the funds raised back to projects to help military families.

To date, the Armed Forces Families Foundation has raised and given back more than $2 million to benefit military families.

To learn more about the Armed Forces Families Foundation or to help fund other projects that help military members and their families, please visit www.armedforcesfamilies.org/.

About Armed Forces Families Foundation:

The Armed Forces Families Foundation (AFFF), together with participating Taco Bell and IHOP restaurants, are proud Supporters of America’s Armed Forces and their families. The ARMED FORCES FAMILIES FOUNDATION with its Taco Bell and IHOP partners have raised over 2 MILLION DOLLARS. 100% of every dollar raised goes toward projects to help those who protect our Freedom. For more information, please visit http://www.armedforcesfamilies.org/

True Blue: Navy Families Benefactors:

True Blue: Navy Families Benefactor is an all-volunteer 501-(c) 3 nonprofit established in 2012, in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. The company‚’s mission is to take on long-term projects that will benefit local Jacksonville Navy sailors and their families. The company is built on honesty, integrity and service with the vison of creating a fully engaged Jacksonville, FL community committed to supporting and empowering the JAX Navy families who selflessly serve our country.