Judy’s Place – A vision is brought to life and becomes the center of Washington’s community
In 2013 a small group of civic-minded residents shared a dream to transform the abandoned Vinnie’s Texaco Station in Washington Depot into a park, an events space, and a vibrant community hub. By 2014 the Washington Park Foundation was formed. In 2015 a capital campaign was established and the foundation received its most substantial gift from long time Litchfield County resident, Judy Black, which allowed for the completion of the building restoration and an expanded landscape plan. Upon Ms. Black’s death in November, 2015, the park was officially renamed The Judy Black Memorial Park and Gardens.
From the beginning, and with Black’s additional vision, the park continues to grow and progress under the guidance of an active board: president Denise Trevenen, vice-president Pels Matthews, secretary Carolyn Setlow, treasurer Douglas Day, Barbara Bouyea, Karyn Detje, Ronald Garfunkel, Wilson Henley, Patrick Horan, and Julie Loughran. And in May 2018, the addition of executive director Laura Neminski.
The park has become a gathering place for friends and neighbors to relax, learn, and share all that the community offers. This summer’s programming includes: Saturday farmers markets, outdoor movie nights, kids’ activities, music, art exhibits, and their second annual FUNRaiser.