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For Immediate Release February 10, 2021
ROCKY MOUNT AWARDED $100,000 GRANT FOR CELESTE PARK IMPROVEMENTS
(ROCKY MOUNT, Va.) – The Town of Rocky Mount has been awarded a $100,000 Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF) grant for the revitalization of Celeste Park along Franklin Street near downtown. The grant was awarded from VOF’s Preservation Trust Fund that focuses on protecting and enhancing public access to open space. The Town was one of fifteen grants awarded in Virginia and one of only two towns to receive funding.
“The ability of the Town to supplement tax dollars with grant funds allows us to move forward quality of life projects like Celeste Park in the heart of our Town,” said Assistant Town Manager and Community Development Director Mark W. Moore. “Virginia Outdoors Foundation has been a great advocate for increasing park accessibility and we are excited that they see our vision for this park and want to support that financially.”
VOF is excited to partner with the town on park improvements. “The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a great deal about the importance of open space for not only our physical and mental health, but also for the strength of our communities,” said VOF Executive Director Brett Glymph. “We are pleased to be able to support this project that will provide more access to the outdoors for the town’s residents and visitors.”
The Greer family donated the six-acre parcel now known as Celeste Park to the Town in 2006 for the creation of a park that would serve as a tribute to Mr. Keister Greer’s late daughter, Celeste, who passed away at 32 of complications from diabetes. Sitting less than a quarter mile from the downtown, the Town’s plans for the park include hiking trails, picnic areas and a sidewalk connection to downtown.