Citizens for Brentwood Green Space gives $34,238 for Smith Park


At Monday’s Brentwood City Commission meeting, Citizens for Brentwood Green Space President Gill Hutchinson handed Mayor Betsy Crossley a check for $34,238 toward the acquisition of the remaining 77.89 acres at Smith Park.

At Monday’s Brentwood City Commission meeting, Citizens for Brentwood Green Space President Gill Hutchinson handed Mayor Betsy Crossley a check for $34,238 toward the acquisition of the remaining 77.89 acres at Smith Park.

“I wish I had one for all of you,” Hutchinson joked to the other commissioners.

The contribution is part of a five-year goal set in 2011 to raise $300,000 through private donations to provide amenities at Smith Park. The non-profit preservation group has raised $64,238 to date, with over $163,000 in total pledges.

“CBGS continues to push to add green space in our community,” Hutchison said. “And help keep the focus on preserving our rapidly diminishing green space.”

The city originally purchased 320 acres of the Smith Farm in 2010, but did not have the additional funds to close on the remaining land.

Both city officials and citizens expressed a desire to eventually acquire the land from the Smith family.

On Feb. 24, the city closed on the property for $2,920,875.

The city eyes a mid-to-late summer opening for the main entrance of the park, which underwent delays due to relatively harsh weather conditions.

In the meantime, the 77.89 acres will feature a temporary path from the Carriage Hills Drive to the main part of Smith Park.

Jeff Dobson, director of Brentwood’s Planning and Codes Department, said there are no proposals for the area at this time, but due to level topography the land could be utilized for athletic fields. He went on to say any proposals would be several years in the future.

Jonathan Romeo covers Brentwood for BrentWord Communications. Contact him at jonathan@brentwoodhomepage.com.

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