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Graton Park Closer to Fundraising Goal


Graton Park Closer to Fundraising Goal

By Dewey Watson

The little village that could, Graton, got a lot closer to raising the funds to acquire a park site with a contribution of $5,000 from Purple Wine and Spirits, a major employer in the community. “We are excited to be able to contribute to the creation of a park in Graton” says Derek Benham, Purple Wine’s President. “It will be a benefit not only for our employees, who will have a peaceful place to lunch, but to the families in the community who have not had a gathering place.”

Catherine Sharp, President of Graton Green Group, was delighted with the gift. “While not the largest donation we have received, it represents the single biggest contribution from Graton’s business community who will really benefit from the creation of this park.” 

At this time the Green Group, a non-profit organization created exclusively to acquire the park has applied for a matching grant from the Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. The group needs to raise $80,000 to match as similar amount from the District which will be used to acquire and initially improve the park site. As of today the Green Group has raised over $55,000 and hopes to have the remaining balance needed to acquire the park by this summer. 

“This park, situated as it is in the heart of Graton and on the West County Trail, will serve both the people of Graton and those who visit for just a day or for a lifetime” says HolLynn D’Lil, the founder of Graton Green group. “It has been an 8 year struggle, but we are close to completion of the first of our goals- acquiring the property.”