Brentwood - Green Space Group eager to raise funds for 80 more acres at Smith Park
By Donna ONeil, Managing Editor
With an eye on the prize – an additional 80-acre purchase of land adjacent to Brentwood’s newly acquired 320 acres now known as Marcella Vivrett Smith Park – Citizens for Brentwood Green Space (CBGS) held An Evening in the Park last week. The party was a private viewing of the pastoral beauty of what is sure to be a gem in Brentwood’s park system when it opens to the public in another year.
When the original acreage was purchased in December 2010 there was an option to purchase the remaining 80 acres from The Conservation Fund to compliment the park’s landscape. CBGS is leading the charge to raise the necessary $3 million for the purchase of the additional property.
Last week was the first opportunity most of the attendees had to see the grounds. Brentwood Parks and private contractors have been working on the grounds and historic home on the property getting the park ready for a public opening next year.
Late last year, Citizens for Brentwood Green Space formally announced its goal to help raise funds over the next five years toward the acquisition of an additional 80 acres at the park and in April the city authorized a formal agreement with the group regarding fundraising and sponsorship activities. This new park, and the additional acreage, will offer a multitude of recreational opportunities for a significant number of residents within the area in addition to a number of local youth oriented organizations that would like to use the proposed hiking trails and ball fields.
Kenneth Connolly, retired CFO for the Boy Scouts of America and a member of CBGS, told the gathering of about 100 that an anonymous donor has offered a challenge grant of $100,00 toward the funds necessary to purchase the additional acreage. Connolly said, “We have been able to match up to $50,000 of that challenge grant so far.” He implored others to donate stating that naming rights to hiking trails, ball fields, pavilions and entry roads were available.
He assured those gathered that 100 percent of all the funds collected would benefit the purchase of those 80 acres.
For information on donating toward the purchase, visit www.brentwoodgreenspace.org.
Posted on: 10/4/2012