127 West Davis Street, Culpeper, VA 22701 • 540.825.4416 • email CRI
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