About the park
THE HISTORY AND MISSION
For decades, Vinnie’s Texaco Station occupied a prominent corner in the center of Washington Depot, and for many years sat empty– an eyesore in the heart of the Depot.
In 2013, a small group of civic-minded local residents, led by four local businesspeople, Michael Ackerman, Barbara Bouyea, Peter Talbot, and Denise Trevenen; and local visionary John Millington, shared a dream: the purchase of the site of the garage and its transformation into a park, an events space and a vibrant community hub. Thanks to the generosity of 40 donors and, in particular, substantial gifts from Rita and Gus Hauser and the Gould Foundation; they closed on the $650,000 purchase in August, 2013; renamed it The Park@One Green Hill., and received a 501(c)3 nonprofit status. The founding Board of Directors included Michael Ackerman, Barbara Bouyea, Peter Talbot and Denise Trevenen.
In 2015, the Washington Park Foundation (“WPF”) announced a $675,000 capital campaign to create a landscaped park and the refurbishment of the vacant gas station. Once again, local townspeople rose to the occasion, contributing about $200,000 to the capital campaign. In October, the WPF announced the receipt of its largest Leadership Gift from Judy Black, a 30-year member of the Litchfield County community, and renamed the park The Judy Black Park and Gardens to honor Ms. Black’s Leadership Gift. Upon Ms. Black’s death in late 2015, the park was officially renamed The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens.
The Park is there for everyone to enjoy. Its Mission is simple: To create a gathering place in Washington that invites friends and neighbors to relax, learn, play and share all that our community offer.
That Mission supports the Washington Park Foundation’s broader Vision: To promote the health, happiness and wellbeing of a socially connected community where everyone feels at home.
The Washington Park Foundation continues to seek donations from the community to fund rich program offerings --– Farmers Market, holiday celebrations, concerts, art exhibits, outdoor movie nights, children’s events, etc., as well as for the maintenance and enhancements of the building.
On the occasion of the 2016 Dedication of the Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens, U.S. Senator Christopher S. Murphy wrote ,”Connecticut is fortunate to have generous advocates and local leaders like the Washington Park Foundation to help beautify our towns and bring livable, playable recreation spaces into the lives of children and families… Thanks to the memory and kindness of people like Judy Black, this park’s Leadership Gift donor, generations of Washington residents will have a safe place to further their health, happiness and wellbeing.”
The Washington Park Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3, oversees the The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens. Our Board of Trustees represents the broader Washington community.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Denise Trevenen, President
Karyn Detje, Vice President
Pels Matthews, Vice President
Carolyn Setlow, Secretary
Patrick Horan, Treasurer
Laura Neminski, Executive Director
Luke Wright, Website Designer, Social Media Manager