City officials cut the ribbon on the renovated park at the center of Prattville last night, just a little outside of the Record’s deadlines.
As the Record was going to press, City Manager Jay Ash, State Reps. Gene O’Flaherty and Kathi-Anne Reinstein, Sen. Sal DiDomenico and a host of city councillors, led by District City Councillor Paul Murphy, were holding a celebration to mark the official opening of the completely renovated Washington Park in Prattville.
While that event will receive full coverage next week, Ash has already been asking people to step up to be part of a “Friends of Washington Park” committee.
“We have a spectacular park, and the City will do everything we can to keep it clean and fun. However, for it to really be the community resource it can be, we need local stewards to step up and take an interest in supporting the park,” said Ash.
Ideally, Ash said a group of residents might perform a weekly clean-up or maintain plantings, they might organize a quarterly event or maybe be another set of eyes on the park to help keep the park safe and well maintained.
“I’ve seen how a working group of friends can turn a good space into a great place in a neighborhood. I’m hoping people and businesses will do the same here,” commented Ash.
Those interested in joining a discussion about the establishment of a friends group should contact Ash at [email protected]
Ash noted that, already, many young people and families have been observed using the park quite often. In fact, he said it appears that many more are already using it than they were prior to the renovation.