The redevelopment group spent a decade facilitating projects throughout the city. It sold eight acres of land to a developer who plans to build 78 homes. And, once it cleared expenses, the nonprofit group was left with the money it donated to the Elizabeth Porter Historic Committee.
The donation nearly doubled the amount that committee has raised to create the park, which is set to include a splash pad along with monuments and educational information about the area's history.
The park will be located at 370 Montgomery St. on the site of the former Elizabeth Porter Recreation Center —known as "The Canteen" — which served as a space for the historically black Baptist Town community.
A city news release said councilwoman Michelle Cooper Kelly made the push to give the funds to the park.
Kelly, who is involved with the city’s historic preservation efforts, said in the release that the park committee formed in September 2015 to establish “a timeline between the historic hospital, the once popular canteen, and the final re-purpose to the Elizabeth Porter recreational facility. Needless to say, this facility meant a lot to the Baptist Town community.”
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