Story and Photo by Robert F. Smith - Editor
Parks Place was created 15 years ago with a mission to help promote healthy children and families in our region, and it has grown far beyond its initial conception into a vital community center housing some 30 different human service programs.
In fact, it's outgrown its facility. Located in a two story house at 44 School Street next to the Central Elementary School in Bellows Falls, Parks Place now needs to expand. The good news is that it already has a place to grow - into the carriage house located on the property. The problem is, as usual, funding.
Robyn Weisel, Parks Place's Development Director and in charge of the capital campaign to fund the expansion, said that the organization needs to raise $100,000 to turn the carriage house into a finished building with two floors, four offices and a meeting room.
"With over 30 providers using Parks Place," said Weisel, "we have people meeting in the halls and kitchen. Yet a lot of the stuff we do is confidential, and we need to have enough appropriate space. We have 10 offices here, five permanent and five rotating. It's just not enough."
At this point Parks Place has raised $70,000, and needs just another $30,000, and they hope to break ground by the end of this month. There have been several large donations and grants towards the project, and any individuals or businesses that would like to donate toward the expansion can call Weisel at 463-9927 ext. 201.