Park @ One Green Hill makes its debut
The Park @ One Green Hill is a developing reality in Washington Depot.
Plans are underway to cultivate the site of the former Texaco gas station property in the village center as a landscaped park and arts and cultural center.
The Washington Park Foundation has launched a capital campaign to raise $675,000 to fund the transformation of property adjacent to Bryan Memorial Plaza and across from the Hickory Stick Bookshop.
The funds would provide operating reserves to privately support community programs and activities.
"This marks the beginning of our construction phase -- an important milestone," said Douglas Day, the foundation president. "Our vision is clear thanks to the input of area residents over the last two years."
The park plan includes renovating the existing building with concrete flooring with radiant heat, a vaulted ceiling, bay doors and creating a front lawn with plantings and walkways leading to area businesses.
A solid black granite bench by Bethlehem sculptor Mark Mennin will also be installed.
The refurbished building and park are designed to accommodate a farmers market, movie screenings, children's events, cultural exhibits and outdoor concerts.
"This project began as the dream of four local business owners in 2013," Day said, "and started to become reality after more than 40 generous Washington residents pooled together the funds to purchase the site."
The site was purchased for $650,000.
Farmers markets would take place Saturdays, starting June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They will continue into the early fall.
The interior space of the building will host the Northwest Connecticut Art Council's "Open Your Eyes" tour June 27-28.
The site was used May 16 for the Washington Ambulance Association tag sale.
"The Park @ One Green Hill will be a wonderful addition to Washington Depot, with its green space providing a welcoming centerpiece for everyone driving and walking through the Depot," said Fran Keilty, owner of Hickory Stick. "I am pleased the next stage of this project is at hand."
Contributions can be mailed to Washington Park Foundation, P.O. Box 331, Washington Depot, CT 06794.
Checks should be made payable "Washington Park Foundation" with "capital campaign" written in the memo line.
For more information, visit www.washingtonparkfoundation.org.