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Citizens for Brentwood Green Space add to five-year, $300,000 goal


Citizens for Brentwood Green Space add to five-year, $300,000 goal

The non-profit preservation group Citizens for Brentwood Green Space presented to City Commissioners on Monday another check in the amount of $24,000 toward the group’s continued pledge to raise $300,000 over five years.

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The non-profit preservation group Citizens for Brentwood Green Space presented to City Commissioners Monday another check in the amount of $24,000 toward the group’s continued pledge to raise $300,000 in five years.

CBGS set that five-year goal in 2011 to help raise funds for amenities at Marcella Vivrette Smith Park through private donations. To date, the organization has donated $100,713.

“CBGS continues to push to add green space in our community,” President Gill Hutchinson said in a press release.

“Private donations provide amenities at Smith Park and help keep the focus on preserving our rapidly diminishing green space. With over $168,000 in total pledges made for Smith Park, we are well on our way to reaching our five-year goal.”

In December 2010, the city of Brentwood acquired 320-acres of the Smith farm, located off Split Log Road and Wilson Pike for $10 million — the largest land purchase in the city’s history.

The city then had an opportunity to purchase an additional 80-acres for about $3 million. At that time, CBGS pledged to help raise money for the park, which will go into an escrow account to be used for park amenities.

Smith Park opened in late summer last year as mostly undeveloped land with miles of natural hiking trails. City officials have said there is an intention to develop some passive practice fields in the future.

Contributions may be made online at www.brentwoodgreenspace.org and people interested in volunteering can contact Hutchinson at 615-300-0647 or gil@brentwoodgreenspace.org.

Jonathan Romeo covers Brentwood for Home Page Media Group. Contact him at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com.

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