The Milford War Memorial Revitalization Committee (WMRC) is asking all area citizens, organizations, and businesses to please consider donating to the community rejuvenation of Draper Memorial Park before the crowdsourcing campaign ends at 11:45 p.m. on October 15. All donation amounts will be matched dollar for dollar by MassDevelopment, up to $42,500.
Nearly thirty thousand dollars has been donated so far, which means the committee needs only $13,000 more in donations to reach its goal of $42,500. Because the funds are being matched, reaching that goal translates into a total of $85,000 for this critical community project.
“I am so grateful to see the community coming together to support the revitalization of this town treasure that honors our veterans and fallen heroes,” says Chairman Peter Scandone. “We understand that times are tough for many people. Still, if you are able, please consider making a donation. Even smaller donations of $10 and $25 add up quickly because every dollar is being matched.”
Most of the donations made so far have come from individuals and families in amounts ranging from $20 to $1,000. Many local civic groups and businesses have also contributed. Among the civic organizations that have donated are Celebrate Milford, the Milford Lions Club (in memory of David Ferreira), Citizens for Milford (in memory of Steven J. Trettel), the Greenleaf Garden Club, and the Hopedale Foundation. Business donors include Dewey Pest and Wildlife, Consigli Construction, Milford Federal Bank, Ciccone Plumbing, and Watson Colonial Funeral Home. A complete list of all donors is available at Patronicity.com/milford.
Donations made through this campaign will be used to repair, restore, and revitalize Draper Park under the direction of Parks and Recreation Administrator James Asam.
Asam says, “The Parks Department, along with the War Memorial Revitalization Committee, has worked with multiple departments including the tree warden and Highway Department, to get to this point in the project. Once the remaining work begins in the coming months, the project will begin to take full form.”
Work already completed in Draper Park this year includes the removal of the existing, older trees and their replacement with Armstrong maples. Asam is currently drafting and submitting requests for proposals for several aspects of the park construction, including the cleaning, repair, and replacement (as needed) of the brick pavers and granite; the addition of lighting to spotlight the General Draper statue, World War I monument, American flag, and sidewalks; and a renovation of the irrigation system to maximize the watering of the newly planted trees. Some of the granite cleaning will be done soon by Parks Department employees.
Donations can be made 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. Donors can also drop off checks in one of the two drop boxes located outside Town Hall.
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 11:45 p.m. on 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, and features multiple monuments that list the names of veterans who served, as well as those who gave their lives.
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.