Photo by Heather Middleton
By Maria-Jose Subiria
Brittany Kendall was enjoying a cold Wednesday evening with her 3-year-old daughter Ryquel Crumbley, near the outdoor amphitheater of the Riverdale Town Center, at 7210 Church St.
The College Park resident said an engraved brick caught her eye as she entered the Town Center.
"I think it's a great idea," said Kendall, about being able to put a message on a brick. "It's a way for the town [City of Riverdale] to really remember the good people, the good things, and I like the idea. It's really, really nice."
Kendall said if she decides to purchase a brick, she will likely dedicate it to her children's father, who recently passed away.
Cynthia Stamps-Jones, a councilwoman for Riverdale, said there are about 100 bricks that have been placed on the "Path to Greatness." The walking path circles the outdoor amphitheater, she said.
Stamps-Jones said the brick sale is part of the "Legacy Brick Campaign." She added that she is the chairperson of the campaign.
The engraved bricks contain various messages, which include birth dates, commemorations and graduation dates, said Stamps-Jones.
"It's [the campaign] there to help people be a part of what we believe in, and what they believe in," she said.
Stamps-Jones said anyone may purchase a standard clay brick for $35. Messages on the bricks may be a maximum of about four lines, and a about 30 characters, she said.
Those interested can purchase a brick at Riverdale's City Hall, located at 7200 Church St., or download the application online by visiting, http://ga-riverdale.civicplus.com. Once the application is filled out, it must be mailed to City Hall, she said.
City Hall will only accept cash or money orders for the purchases, said Stamps-Jones.
"There [is] an unlimited number of bricks available for purchase," the councilwoman said. She did not have information about the number of bricks that would be available.
Stamps-Jones said the money generated from the brick sales will go towards community events at the Town Center, such as health fairs and a give-away event for school supplies.
"We are really not making any money off of the bricks," she said.
"We [Riverdale] are probably making $8 or $9 [per brick] off the bricks," said Stamps-Jones.
Riverdale Mayor Evelyn Wynn-Dixon said she believes the brick campaign brings young and old generations together.
"It bridges the gap between the old and the new," she said.
Stamps-Jones said another way the city will give back to the community is by providing a City of Riverdale Regional Park, which will be accessible for youngsters, adults and the disabled.
She added that the Town Center currently sits on the site of the old park, Travon Wilson Memorial Park. The regional park will be located on Wilson Road, directly behind the Town Center, she said.
The previous park was more tailored for young children and young teens, said Stamps-Jones. She added that adults created a walking path around the old park, because it didn't have one. The old park had a football and baseball field, she explained.
"This park [regional park] will still have that focus, but it will embrace all ages," she said.
Stamps-Jones said the city will break ground on the regional park in late spring. Phase I of the construction will include: creating a walking path, a playground, baseball field and football field, she said.
Riverdale City Manager Iris Jesse said construction on the first phase of the regional park is expected to last through the end of the year.
She said the regional park has not yet been named. "We haven't even discussed it," she said.
Jesse said the Town Center is on a hill, and there is a drop located behind the facility that would make it difficult for individuals to access the anticipated regional park. A bridge or roadway will probably be built to connect both entities, along with a walking path for pedestrians, she said.
"It's going to be big, beautiful, state-of-the-art and wonderful," said Mayor Wynn-Dixon.
For more information on the brick campaign, contact Riverdale City Hall at (770) 997-8989.