Fundraising begins for Vets Park, spearheaded by twin Scouts

Fundraising begins for Vets Park, spearheaded by twin Scouts

The UVC of Woonsocket is kicking off its fundraising effort to help build a new city Veterans Park on Davison Avenue.

WOONSOCKET - The United Veterans Council will be conducting a fundraising effort to aid in the construction of a new Veterans Park on Davison Avenue. The park will be "dedicated to the men and women of the community who served our country in times of peace and war, and especially those who gave their lives in that service," according to a press release.

Spearheading the effort will be a pair of Scouts, Eagle Scout candidate Christopher Lepine, and his sister Jennifer, a candidate for the Girl Scout Gold Award. The twin children of Richard and Lyse Lepine of Cumberland, Christopher will handle arrangements for the landscaping at the project, and Jennifer will handle the campaign's marketing and public relations. Christopher is a member of Troop 1 Arnold Mills; Jennifer is with Troop 374, Cumberland.

Honorary chairpersons for this campaign are Major Gen. Reginald Centracchio, and Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.

The park, on land near the Blackstone River's berm across from the site of the former French Worsted mill, will include a new monument, an extensive paved brick walkway, benches, flagpoles, signs, plaques and markers.

The fundraising campaign will allow residents to purchase engraved bricks in honor of loved ones or in honor of veterans.

Examples include: A 4-by-8-inch brick, $100; 8-by-8 inch, $150; Bench with plaque, $500, and flagpole, $1,000 with a 12-by-12-inch brick. In addition, monetary or in-kind donations from companies will be solicited from local companies.

Larger sponsorships are also available.

For more information, visit the web site at www.uvcpark.com, phone (401) 658-5338, or e-mail uvcpark@gmail.com.