by Sarah Stroup
On Vergennes Day (August 24) 2019, the streetscape project at St. Paul's Episcopal Church enters its next stage with the public launch of a new organization, the Park Street Community Project, Inc. This non-profit corporation, registered with the State of Vermont, is separate from the religious organization of the church. United Way of Addison County has agreed to serve as the fiscal agent for PSCP, and both organizations are working to set up the infrastructure to accept donations.
PSCP is phase three of a three-part project to expand public greenspace in downtown Vergennes. We began in 2018 with the Vergennes Partnership and City of Vergennes to repair the sidewalk and retaining wall along Park Street. That work was completed in May 2019. This summer, with support from VT Historic Preservation and the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont, we are repairing our beautiful stained glass windows that face west over the city green.
Starting this fall, PSCP will solicit donations from community members to support the re-landscaping of our beautiful lawn adjacent to the city green. Once the window repair and storm window replacement has been completed (anticipated end of 2019), we will begin the work on our green space.
On Vergennes Day, we will have a booth on our lawn where we can answer your questions and share more details on the project. We will also invite community members to sign up for our newsletter, volunteer their labor, or make a pledge to our efforts. We hope you'll stop by!