WYOMISSING, PA – The Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS® (R-BAR) is pleased to announce that it has received a $15,000 Smart Growth Action Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) to help support the Centre Park Historic District (CPHD) Board of Directors in their desire to create a master plan for the park and district.
R-BAR presented a check to the board of CPHD at their monthly meeting on Monday evening.
The grant proceeds will be used to offset the costs of Alta Planning + Design who has been contracted to draft the master plan. The plan will address the needs of Centre Park, including the General Gregg Triangle, Flower Triangle, Frog Fountain Triangle, and Gateway Park. The plan will also include a fundraising plan to implement proposed restorations, additions, and maintenance within the district.
“Creating a well-thought-out plan for a promising area of the City of Reading will improve not just this district, but help to improve the overall community in greater-Reading” said Sharon Kehres, 2017 President of R-BAR. “Our association is proud to be able to support such a great project and we look forward to seeing the final master plan and its eventual implementation.”
Wesley T. Stefanick, Director of Government and Community Affairs at R-BAR, said “Our support of the Centre Park Historic District master plan is based on the fact that this area in the City of Reading has a strong community-based board who works very hard to see that the district continues to grow and prosper. If we can assist the board in their mission to improve their community, R-BAR is more than happy to help.”
“2017 marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the Centre Park Historic District as well as our organization” stated Michael Lauter, Centre Park Historic District, Inc. Executive Director. “Since its inception, our organization has not only provided hundreds of hours of volunteer labor for the beautification of Centre Park, but also has paid for many physical improvements in the park. The creation of a master plan further cements our dedication to improving this community resource at the center of our beautiful, historic neighborhood.”
Centre Park Historic District, Inc. President Tadd Kelby Casner said “This generous grant from the Reading-Berks Association of REALTORS® will pay for over half of the cost to produce the Centre Park Revitalization master plan. This much appreciated support will then free up CPHD funds to do the actual work that will be identified in the completed master plan.”
The Centre Park Historic District is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition, the District retains the services of an Executive Director. The organization receives vital support from numerous volunteers, members, and neighbors.
NAR’s Smart Growth Action Grants support a wide range of activities that support REALTOR® engagement in land-use or transportation-related issues with the primary goals of affecting public policies that support a more sustainable development paradigm as detailed in the 10 Smart Growth Principles. Learn more about those principles at smartgrowth.org/smart-growth-principles.
Learn more about the Centre Park Historic District at centreparkhistoricdistrict.org.