It looks like Montgomery Parks, The Montgomery Parks Foundation and the Coalition for the Capital Crescent Trail (CCCT) are making one last fundraising pitch before starting work on the River Road Park (previously known as the Capital Crescent Trail Plaza). A recent press release noted that the three groups were joining together to get the long-awaited project done and that they were still looking for donations.
The new park will feature a seating area, a pergola, plantings, and maps. The River Road Park will become a welcoming gateway to the trail by providing a green, restful place for travelers and neighbors alike.
The park will be located in the open space adjacent to the bridge over River Road, where a new sign has been placed. While funding has been secured for the base project, The Montgomery Parks Foundation is seeking tax-deductible contributions to support additional features at the new park.
Tax-deductible donations may be made here. Interested donors are requested to designate their funds for the “River Road Park.”
The Coalition already has raised and spent about $150,000 to design the park, he said. However, officials aren’t planning on tackling all of the improvements at once.
The first step will involve landscaping the area and adding a curb that will discourage unwanted parking on the site
[Mike Nardolilli, the Montgomery Parks Foundation’s executive director] said the project partners will continue fundraising to add future amenities, such as bicycle racks. Already, since signs have gone up announcing the park project, a donor has stepped forward to pay for a bike repair station, he said.
As noted in my last post on this, the parking lot was removed in 2006, so this has been a long time coming. Can't wait to see it final start to take shape.