he Milford War Memorial Revitalization Committee (WMRC), an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen to assist the Parks Department in the repair and revitalization of Milford’s war memorial parks, is asking area citizens, organizations, and businesses to donate to the community rejuvenation of Draper Memorial Park. All donation amounts less than $10,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by MassDevelopment up to $42,500.
Donations made through this initiative will be used to transform Draper Park through repairs to the General Draper statue and brick pathways, as well as the installation of new lighting, landscaping, irrigation, seating, and historical signage. The landscaping work has already begun under the direction of Parks and Recreation Administrator James Asam. Additional construction is planned for completion before the end of the year.
WMRC Chairman Peter Scandone states, “We decided that Draper Park needed a total renovation—from the top of the trees right down below the ground to the irrigation system. We kindly ask for everyone in Milford to consider making a donation to help us restore and maintain Draper Park as a place of respect and pride for all future generations.”
Donations can be made easily online by visiting Patronicity.com/milford. Individuals or businesses who prefer to write a check can do so by writing it to “Town of Milford” and writing “Draper Park Revitalization” in the memo. Checks should be mailed to the Treasurer’s office at Milford Town Hall, 52 Main Street, Milford, Massachusetts 01757.
All donations made to the Draper Park revitalization project are tax deductible. Donors are encouraged to submit matching gift forms with their employers as applicable.
Donors may choose to have their names listed on the Patronicity website or to remain anonymous. The deadline to submit your donation so that it is eligible for matching funds is October 15, 2020.
Large donations will be appropriately recognized at a future date.
Additional information is available on CitizensforMilford.com.
Draper Memorial Park occupies a triangle of land in the downtown Milford area, located at the intersection of Congress Street and Main Street. The park features monuments that list the names of veterans who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. Standing tall in the park is the statue of General William Franklin Draper by sculptor Daniel Chester French, whose work also includes the massive marble statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The care and management of Draper Memorial Park falls under the authority of the Milford Parks Commission and Milford Veterans Services.
About the War Memorial Revitalization Committee
The War Memorial Revitalization Committee (WMRC) is an Ad Hoc committee appointed by the Board of Selectmen. Its two-fold mission is to assist the Parks Department in the repair and revitalization of Draper Memorial Park and Calzone Memorial Park and to establish an ongoing maintenance plan that ensures the continued longevity of the parks and their structures for generations to come.
MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, banks, and communities to stimulate economic growth. Through these collaborations we help create jobs, increase the number of housing units, revitalize urban environments, and address factors limiting economic growth including transportation, energy, and infrastructure deficiencies.