WILMINGTON, MA — The Friends of 9 Cross Street officially kicks off its goal of raising $1 Million towards the cost of the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. The Friends will be at the WOW Festival of Trees on December 5th & 6th.
The Yentile Farm Recreational Facility will be a $4.8 million recreational destination for Wilmington. This signature park will include an artificial turf field, walking trails, an exciting multi-age playground, basketball/street hockey courts, picnic pavilion, and an open event green. The site includes concession space, restrooms, and parking for over 100 cars onsite. The new park will be located on Cross Street. Construction is expected to begin in March of 2016.
The non-for-profit group was formed earlier this year as a private volunteer group with the goal of raising funds for the development of the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. Committee members include Ed Riekstins, Kevin Caira, Daniel Bamberg, Mike Gracia, Ed Loud, JoMarie O’Mahony and Robert Hayes.
Fundraising efforts will primarily be in the form of donations and naming rights for a variety of items included in the development. These include naming rights for the turf field, pavilion, basketball/street hockey courts, park benches, trees and engraved bricks among other funding opportunities. The Friends is also launching a website which will include a project description, and the ability to make on-line donations.
The group is not quite ready for prime time fund raising efforts, but the offer from We are One Wilmington to have a table at their annual Festival of Trees fundraiser was hard to turn down. The Friends of 9 Cross Street will have a table for the entire event and will be taking reservations for donations including engraved bricks, which will be installed in the park and would make a memorable gift for the Holidays.
Riekstins stated that the interest from the community has been very encouraging and in speaking before several groups already including WOW, Wilmington Youth Soccer and Lacrosse he feels confident that raising funds in the form of donations from corporations, groups in Town and individuals will be successful. Please stop by the Friends of Nine Cross Street table on December 5th and 6th at We Are One Wilmington’s Annual Festival of Trees at Villanova Hall.
(NOTE: The above press release is from the Friends of 9 Cross Street.)
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