Cary, NC (PRWEB) April 30, 2004
Veterans Freedom Park Foundation Receives Planning Grant From Town Of Cary. The Town of Cary recently authorized a $150,000 planning grant for the Veterans Freedom Park Foundation. The grant is the latest in a series of private and public support for the new park, which is to be built on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Cary Parkway, on land donated by Jim and Ann Goodnight. As Cary Council Member Michael Joyce said during the discussion of the grant, the park is being designed to "recognize those who have served and in some cases died for this country."
The funds will allow the Foundation to conduct detailed planning for the park, including the design, amenities and budgets for construction and operations that can be anticipated. The first payment of $75,000 will be distributed on July 1, 2004. A second payment of $75,000 will be delivered upon completion of a progress report, current planning schedule, updated cost report and a public input meeting.
Council member Jack Smith explained that despite a tight fiscal environment, this is a "perfect storm with millions of dollars in gifts, momentum going, something supported by the community and is just doing the right thing for our veterans."
Council member Nels Roseland emphasized the importance of the generous $2.1 million land donation. According to Roseland, the grant "sends a message that partnerships that bring assets to the table are the kind of partnership we should relish and emulate for future town projects."
Retired Navy Admiral, Steve Glass represented the Veterans Freedom Park Foundation at the meeting, outlining for the Council the momentum behind the project and the importance of the contributions of veterans to preserving our freedoms.
The Veteran's Freedom Park (VFP) is an 11-acre parcel of land located near I-40 and RDU Airport dedicated to honor those who serve and have served in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It will be a special gathering place commemorating the spirit of freedom that the armed forces protect. Diverse benefits of the park include historical awareness, civic pride, public artwork, environmental preservation and economic development for the region. For more information call Dick Ladd 919-467-8414 or email DckLdd@aol.com.
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