The Net Resource Foundation received a $10,000 grant from The Benwood Foundation to help complete phase one of the Hughes Project. In partnership with the Westside Baptist Church, the open space between 3996-4023 Hughes Ave. will enhance the community by offering an outdoor performance venue, tree-covered paths for reflection and meditation, a location for summer and after-school programs, and a community garden. The second phase of the project will include bio-retention efforts in collaboration with the Bethlehem Center and the city of Chattanooga.
The Benwood Foundation, on Market Street, focuses on supporting leaders and initiatives that help strengthen Chattanooga’s shared prosperity and inclusion. Program Officer Jeff Pfitzer says their mission aligns with The Net Resource Foundation’s vision of beautifying portions of Chattanooga.
"The Hughes Project is a great example of a community coming together to effect positive change," said Mr. Pfitzer. "We were very impressed with the leadership and organization that Raquetta Dotley and the Net Resource Foundation were bringing to the project and wanted to show our support to help get the work underway. We look forward to seeing all the new park improvements to the Historic South Chattanooga this summer."
Executive Director of Net Resource Foundation Raquetta Dotley says phase one of the beautification project will allow contractors to clear and level the land, lay sod, and build a 26ft x 16ft stage.
“The next phase is the anchor of the project because it’s the green infrastructure grant," said Ms. Dotley. "As an environmentally conscious organization, we want to enhance the livability in South Chattanooga.”
The price tag of phase one of the project is estimated to be $52,000. The Net Resource Foundation hopes to complete this phase by September. Six sponsors are committed, but Ms. Dotley is actively seeking donations and volunteers for this project.