Downtown Greenville is getting a new park thanks to support from the community.
According to officials, more than $500,000 has been raised for construction of Greenville’s Urban Park, with the majority of funding coming from donors.
Construction is underway on a site that used to be a parking lot. Over the next few months, it will be transformed to include greenspace, a splash pad and a pavilion for concerts, said Phillip Pierri, president and co-founder of YOLO of Darke County, Inc., which is leading the effort.
“What we wanted to do is bring something to Greenville that is not here yet,” Pierri said.
Pierri said it was his vision when he co-founded the organization YOLO of Darke County, Inc., five years ago. YOLO – short for “You only live once” – focuses on projects to benefit the community, he said.
“Our main focus was downtown Greenville,” Pierri said. “We wanted to bring something downtown and hopefully we could attract people to come downtown.”
The Urban Park project costs around $750,000, Pierri said. Thanks to a half-marathon fundraiser, donations from businesses and individuals and a $250,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, YOLO has raised more than $500,000 to cover construction costs, he added.
YOLO is hoping to have the park finished by December, Pierri said.
“We don’t have very much park space, and so that was one of the things that we think is very beneficial about this project,” said Crysta Hutchinson, executive director of Main Street Greenville.
Hutchinson said she hopes the new park will bring more people downtown and encourage them to spend more time in the neighborhood and visit local businesses.
“We are really living in an experience-driven economy,” Hutchinson said. “People are looking for unique spaces and the moments that can happen there. And so we really think this will be something that’s unique to have in our historic downtown.”
YOLO still has to raise another $200,000 for the project to be fully funded, Pierri said. If you would like to donate, click here.