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Charlottesville City Council Allocates $15K to Create Vinegar Hill Park

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General area for the new Vinegar Hill Park on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall General area for the new Vinegar Hill Park on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

Charlottesville City Council is allocating $15,000 to create a Vinegar Hill plaza.

Councilors are following through on the Blue Ribbon Commission's recommendations to add more historical dialogue to sites around Charlottesville, starting with Vinegar Hill.

The plaza will be called Vinegar Hill Park, and will be located at the west end of Charlottesville's Downtown Mall. Plans include adding a monument sign, light-pole signs, and four more historical markers that will detail Vinegar Hill's history.

"We have since learned that the original plan for the Downtown Mall designed by landscape architect Lawrence Halprin included a park area in the space now occupied by the Omni. To help us with this project we enlisted the assistance of Elizabeth Meyer, a local scholar of Lawrence Halprin, who will serve as an adviser and landscape architect,” said Charlottesville Historic Resources Committee Co-Chair Edwina St. Rose.

The Historic Resources Committee is in the process of designing a concept plan for Vinegar Hill Park, which encompasses the plaza on West Water Street, the plaza at old Preston Avenue and Millennial Walkway in front of the Omni Hotel.

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