New Freedom Heritage Inc.'s vision is becoming a reality, but there is much more work -- and fundraising -- to do.
The group is raising money to start phase two of its Freedom Green Community Park project adjacent to North Main Street and the York County Heritage Rail Trail.
Phase one was completed in October with New Freedom Heritage spending about $6,000 to have some earth moved, topsoil installed, grass seeds planted, a dying maple tree taken down and a shed and sign relocated, said Sue Myers, the group's park project manager.
The park is less than an acre, she said.
The goal is to start phase two in spring 2013, Myers said. Phase two includes installing walkways, patios, lighting, bike racks and benches, as well as a pavilion or gazebo structure featuring historical architecture, according to Myers.
The cost: That part of the project would cost at least $20,000, she said.
To raise money, New Freedom Heritage Inc. is running an engraved brick program, in which people can donate bricks that will be laid in two patio areas in the park. The bricks will be engraved with names or symbols of purchasers' choosing.
Myers said New Freedom Heritage's park project committee has yet to determined when phase
two is expected to be completed. There may be additional park projects in the future, she added.
In the meantime, the park area has been used for an outdoor summer movie series, the borough's annual festival and activities associated with the borough's Christmas tree lighting events, Myers said.
The background: New Freedom Heritage Inc. formed close to nine years ago with plans to keep the site as green space. The borough purchased the space from an insurance company, Myers said.
New Freedom Heritage turned the company's former facility into the Heritage Museum of New Freedom -- at 22 Railroad Ave. -- which opened in February, Myers said.
New Freedom Heritage Inc. is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the borough's history and culture and to encourage residents to increase community involvement.
How to help
New Freedom Heritage Inc. is running an engraved brick program to raise money for its Freedom Green Community Park.
The public can donate bricks that will be laid in two patio areas in the park. The bricks will be engraved with names or symbols of purchasers' choosing.
The cost -- which includes engraving fees -- ranges from $50 to $75 for 4-by8 inch bricks and $100 to $300 for 8-by-8 inch bricks.
To purchase a brick, visit the group's website at www.newfreedomheritage.org and click on the "Give for Green" tab. For information, call 578-1026 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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