Marshall is a co- sponsor of NCLI, which has broad support in both chambers of Congress. The House of Representatives is expected to have a floor vote on the legislation next week Marshall said.
While Marshall said he didn’t think any direct funding from NCLI could go to construction of the park, which has an estimated price tag of $ 3.5 million, there might be some funding available for nature education activities at the park.
Chimney Park has been in the planning stages for a year and half. When it is built, it will cover 30 acres of donated county land and include a wheel chair accessible, top- of- the- line tree house, a mini- amphitheater and a large trail system.
“ Our goal is to give children and adults of all ages and abilities a place to reconnect with nature,” said Barbara Morgan, vice chair of Friends of Newton Parks. “ Building parks helps to hold back the tide of overdevelopment.
Kelly Hopkins, whose large family includes several children with disabilities, tearfully addressed the crowd and told them how much it meant to her and her family that the community was coming together to build an all- needs and abilities park.
“ The way the park’s going to be set up, there will be places for us to go and enjoy our town,” she said.
Hopkins also announced a new fundraising campaign - Pennies For the Park. The idea behind the fundraiser is that every little bit, even spare change, is needed to reach the fundraising goal. Children will be collecting spare change in designated Friends of Newton Parks boxes. Large checks are, of course, accepted as well.