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Hopewell City Park Playscape Receives Approval

Imagine a city situated on a bluff at the confluence of two rivers that played critical roles in the history of our country. At a point below the bluff, beyond the neighborhoods, lies a park with a sweeping vista of the river. This is the City of Hopewell, rich in history and nature and ripe for adventure.

Following Earth Day and the philanthropy and volunteerism that surrounds it, many transformative projects are now underway that will solidify Hopewell’s potential as a destination for outdoor recreation and exploration of the natural environment. Site plans for the City Park Playscape have received approval and construction will begin in a few short weeks, bringing a new vision for the park to life.

Selected by the American Water Charitable Foundation and the National Recreation and Park Association as a recipient for a Building Better Communities grant, Hopewell will refashion City Park as a place for nature exploration and education. Nature exists there in the form of water, trees, soils, and the many ecosystems essential to the functioning of the riparian buffer, all of which has inspired the design of a new playscape. A blend of nature-themed play equipment and boulders, logs, and earth mounds will create spaces for children to be adventurous and unleash their imagination. Interpretive signage will educate park goers about regional ecology and the unique environment of the site.

City Park will serve as a vital link to the Appomattox River Greenway by way of the new playscape. As designers, Timmons Group envisions a future gateway and trailhead incorporated into this site that will signify arrival and form a transition from the park as you embark on a hike down the riverside trail. Timmons Group has given a significant amount of time and resources beyond contractual agreements to helping make this playscape a reality, because we see the potential for this park and understand the role that innovative and well-conceived parks have in transforming communities. We are honored to work alongside Hopewell’s Recreation and Parks Department on the City Park Playscape and pursuing our shared vision for realizing the potential in Hopewell’s unique location and natural wealth.

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