The Fort Monroe Foundation received $100,000 from the Peninsula Community Foundation and the TowneBank Foundation for the conceptual design for the Waterfront Park at Fort Monroe.
This $50,000 financial commitment fits perfectly with the mission of the Peninsula Community Foundation to fund projects that benefit the community by improving the quality of life on the Peninsula. The TowneBank Foundation pledged a matching contribution of $50,000, and a design team led by the landscape architecture firm of WPL Site Design has been selected to be the prime architect on the conceptual park design.
The Fort Monroe Waterfront Park is the first step in the process of preserving the entire waterfront at Fort Monroe as public space filled with both recreational opportunities and historical interpretation.
The conceptual plan will encompass the entire waterfront property owned by the FMA and will be supplemented by more detailed drawings of individual park spaces in the Waterfront Park. These spaces will include sites such as Continental Park, the Mill Creek kayak launch area, and Outlook Beach. Additionally, the Waterfront Park Concept Plan will be further supplemented with perspective drawings to better illustrate what the spaces will look like from the ground level, and approximate cost estimates will be provided so that the Foundation can begin to market projects to philanthropists interested in improving Fort Monroe. The ultimate goal is for people to invest in portions of the park as small as a brick paver to larger donations that would include naming rights to specific areas. However, this plan is only conceptual. No funds or final design have been dedicated for construction.
The FMA also received two grants from the federal government for the purpose of enhancing the visitor experience and providing interpretation of historic sites. The Office of Economic Adjustment provided a $100,000 grant and the National Park Service has contributed $250,000 for this effort. These funds were received in 2015 with design and public input on these projects extending into 2016.