By: Jenn Cartee On: December 19, 2017 In: Fundraisers Comments: 0

We’re in the final two weeks of our Revitalizing Peabody Square crowdfunding campaign and we’ve already come so far! Over the past month, neighbors and friends have rallied to bring tangible improvements to the open plaza spaces where our neighborhood comes together to connect. To date, we have received over 85 individual gifts ranging from $15 to $2,500, totaling $18,760! Due to some amazing grants and gifts from MassDevelopment, the Boston Main Streets Foundation, the Martin Richard Foundation, and Trinity Financial/Trinity Management LLC (through the Peabody Square Improvement Fund), all community donations up to the campaign’s $25,000 goal are being fully matched 2:1!   patronicity.com/peabodysq

The funding from this campaign will allow Greater Ashmont Main Street to implement the remaining elements of the vision presented by COGdesign in 2016, all subject to final approval by the Boston Public Improvements Commission process. We’re proposing:

  • A blend of permanent outdoor benches, game table and stool sets, and larger table seating with umbrellas
  • Sculptural bike racks and a repair station
  • New plantings in the raised beds and an additional tree for shade, along with the replacement of the struggling grass areas with porous pavers
  • New recycling and rubbish receptacles
  • Permanent historical and wayfinding signage to inform visitors in the square, direct them to our local businesses, and educate them regarding the rain garden’s function
  • Bistro string lighting over the top of Peabody Plaza West
  • A potential water feature in Peabody Plaza East, pending a complete feasibility evaluation

We’re just $6,240 short of our goal with under two weeks to go. If we meets our $25,000 community crowdfunding goal December 31st, we will have secured 100% of the funding needed for the full$75,000 budget of the Revitalizing Peabody Square projectWould you consider making a year-end, tax-deductible gift to Peabody Square to help us bring tangible improvement to the crossroads where our neighborhood connects? More information about our campaign can be found at patronicity.com/peabodysq.

Our final crowdfunding campaign event will be an Electeds & Neighbors Mixer on Saturday, December 30th from 3-4:30pm at the Ashmont Grill. The Mixer will be hosted by the offices of Boston City Councilors Baker, Campbell, Essaibi George & Pressley, State Representatives Cullinane & Holmes, and Senator Dorcena Forry; Greater Ashmont Main Street; and the Ashmont Grill. We hope you’ll join us over complimentary bites & beverages to connect with your local elected officials’ offices. In lieu of ticketing for the event, we’ll request attendees make a donation to the Revitalizing Peabody Square crowdfunding campaign.