Our Mission 

To create a gathering place in Washington that invites friends and neighbors to relax, learn, play and share all that our community offers.


THE HISTORY AND MISSION OF THE PARK

For decades, Vinnie’s Texaco Station occupied a prominent corner in the center of Washington Depot., and for several 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 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 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. 


Board Members

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. 

 

Staff

Laura Neminski, Executive Director

Denise Trevenen, President    

Pels Matthews, Vice President

Carolyn Setlow, Secretary

Douglas Day, Treasurer

 

   
 

Barbara Bouyea

Ronald Garfunkel  

Karyn Detje Sorce

Wilson Henley

Patrick Horan

Julie Loughran

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EVENT IDEAS

  • Meetings
  • Lectures
  • Performances
  • Catered Events
  • Networking events
  • Workshops

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The Park in the News

Washington Park Foundation Announces $675,000 Capital Campaign, May 4, 2015

The Litchfield Country Times, May 27, 2015

The New Milford Spectrum, May 27, 2015

A Day of Dedication: Happening in The Hills

Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects Announces First Exhibit at The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens

Project renamed The Judy Black Park & Gardens @ One Green Hill

Republican American, June 21, 2015

Republican American, July 4, 2015

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