- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - A yearslong effort to develop a new park in Brattleboro, Vermont, is nearing completion.

Officials in the southeastern Vermont town say a $50,000 donation from the Vermont Community Foundation Nelson Withington fund will help complete the development of the West River Park.

The project began in 2008 when the town approved a $250,000 bond to buy the land.

Recreation & Parks Director Carol Lolatte says they needed about $800,000 to turn the land into a park.

Since then, money has been coming in through large and small donations and the park has been completed in phases as the money has been raised. The first recreation fields were opened in 2012

Lolatte tells the Brattleboro Reformer (https://bit.ly/1Ahu5vv ) the latest grant will help pay for a snack bar and rest room.

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Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, https://www.reformer.com/

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