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Richmond – On July 12, Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. was presented with a Virginia Main Street Merit Award for Best Downtown Public Improvement Project for their E. B. Wood Community Park project at the Virginia Main Street Downtown Intersections workshop in Winchester, Virginia.
“Our Virginia Main Street communities are truly making a difference in our beautiful downtown districts,” said DHCD Director Bill Shelton. ”In the last five years, designated Main Street communities have sparked more than $186 million in private investment in their districts, and as a result, there has been a net collective gain of 4,600 jobs across our Main Street downtown districts.”
This award is given to the municipality or Main Street organization that has designed and implemented attractive and sympathetic improvements to improve the built environment within a Virginia Main Street Program area.
Through partnerships, donations, many volunteer hours, and a Virginia Main Street Downtown Improvement Grant, the E. B. Wood Community Park was completed and opened to the public on September 30, 2016. The park remediated a vacant lot created from the loss of a building due to the 2011 earthquake. The Park now serves as a valuable contribution to the character and image of downtown.
CRI Board President, Jonathan Krawchuk states “We are honored to receive such an award for the work that this community has put forth. Partnership with the Wood family, volunteers, local businesses, and generous donors has created yet another vibrant gathering space for Downtown Culpeper. This award, coupled with the constant community use of what was once a dilapidated empty lot, is a perfect example of what we can achieve with CRI, the town of Culpeper and the Culpeper community working together.”
“Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. has amazing volunteers, donors, and community partners. We thank them for making this project possible. The E. B. Wood Community Park has removed blight and provided a destination in its place by creating an appealing environment for all to enjoy in the heart of Culpeper downtown.” States CRI Executive Director, Jessica Jenkins
The Virginia Main Street program, managed by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD), provides assistance and training to help communities increase the economic vitality of their downtown commercial districts. Virginia Main Street uses the National Main Street model to help communities revitalize their downtowns by focusing on their unique heritage and attributes. The program helps communities implement a comprehensive revitalization strategy that creates economic growth and pride in downtowns.
For more information about the Virginia Main Street program, call (804) 371-7030 or visit www.dhcd.virginia.gov/MainStreet.
For more information about Culpeper Renaissance, Inc., call (540) 825-4416 or visit www.culpeperdowntown.com.
Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. (CRI) along with members of the Wood family hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 30, 2016 to mark the grand opening of the E.B. Wood Community Park!
As the result of the 2011 earthquake, a physical rift in the streetscape was created. Over time this space added a very visible blight to residents and visitors to downtown Culpeper. The space remained vacant, and decapitated until Culpeper Renaissance, Inc. placed improving this property near the top of its work plan for 2016. CRI in partnership with the Wood family, Virginia Main Street, Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Town of Culpeper developed a plan to create a pocket park that provides respite and dining opportunities in the lot.
The E.B. Wood Community Park has removed blight and provided a destination in its place by creating an appealing environment that is functional and attractive. The space now allows for locals and visitors alike to have a more connected downtown pedestrian experience and supports the thriving foodie scene with more options for al fresca dining from several nearby establishments. The park now serves as a valuable contribution to the character and image to the Town by replacing a signal of neglect with one of caring investment and authenticity.
“I am so proud of our community. The EB Wood Community Park is a great example of what can be accomplished when a community pulls together and focuses on a project that benefits local families as well as tourists. The donated Space, leadership, labor and materials has helped Culpeper continue to shine as a wonderful town” states CRI Board President, Steve Miller
Project Chair and CRI Vice President, Jonathan Krawchuk states “The E. B. Wood Community Park project exemplifies everything that CRI stands for. Working together with local businesses, government, property owners, volunteers, and organizations has culminated in a beautification project that the entirety of Downtown can be proud of.”
The central location of the park in downtown encourages heavy use and exploration by residents and visitors. The connectivity also encourages pedestrians to walk throughout downtown. With the high density of workers, shoppers and tourist within the downtown district CRI feels this project has transformed the distressed space into an attractive, clean, safe, and convenient space for all to enjoy in the heart of Culpeper downtown.
If you are interested in hosting a community event at the E.B. Wood Community Park please complete and submit the below forms. For more information please contact the CRI office at 540-825-4416 or firstname.lastname@example.org