Park dreams: Ground broken at site of Project 1107; GCF anticipates fall opening for greenspace, park
By Whitney Leggett
The Winchester Sun
The Greater Clark Foundation Board of Directors and staff gathered Monday to break ground on a project five years in the making.
With the ceremony Monday afternoon, the board announced that site preparations are now underway on Project 1107.
The 30-acres, known as Project 1107 for its address at 1107 W. Lexington Ave., will be transformed into a park that establishes a legacy of well-being in Clark County, according to a press release from GCF.
“I want to thank the board for their patience and their hard work in getting us here today, which is really a dream come true,” board Chairman Paul Embs said during the ceremony.
Board member Ed Mastrean, who also chairs the Legacy Committee for the project, said the board has worked not only diligently, but carefully in planning Project 1107.
“The charge of the board, from the beginning when the old Clark Regional Medical Center building was here, was to find a responsible and economically feasible way to repurpose the space,” he said. “When we discovered that there was no way we could repurpose the building, it was just not in good enough shape, we had to find what to do with these 30-plus acres.”
Mastrean said that space could have easily become any number of different things, but the board listened to the community input and remained devoted to continuing the legacy of health and well-being established at the location by the old hospital.
“When completed, Project 1107 will have a long-lasting legacy and impact in our community,” he said. “It will be a place where the people in our community and from other places can come enjoy the fresh air, where children can play, where people of all ages can come together.”
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