“Welcome to our park”: local nonprofit and artist beautify historic community park

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – A local nonprofit and artist are teaming up to bring new art to a historic park.

The Virginia Beach Seatack community has existed for over 200 years. Its community park has seen many changes during this time. Now, with a fresh coat of paint on the basketball court, community members want to welcome you to their park.

Seatack is the only home Elizabeth Mills has ever known.

“I still live in the house I was born in,” Mills said when we caught up with her at Seatack Community Park. “It’s a special place. Most people look at it and think it’s an ordinary park, but Seatack Park means a lot to a lot of people for a lot of reasons and a lot of great memories.

She is one of the people who asked the city to improve the park.

“I just want to say ‘welcome to our park,'” Mills said. “We have a shelter, we have a portable potty and we would like to have a multipurpose area and like a walking track, a football pitch, those kinds of things that people still enjoy.”

The ViBe Creative District was listening.

Kate Pittman, Executive Director of ViBe Creative District, said: “We have a very tight-knit community here and some of our board members and city council representatives knew the Seatack community wanted to see something positive happen. here at the park, so we did what we do best, which was to reach out to our community stakeholders and ask who could help. »

Pittman contacted Troy Summerell, the artist behind OnieTonie.

“It was actually on my to-do list to do a basketball court, so a great, community-focused opportunity,” Summerell said.

Together they organized a community painting day using his field drawing.

Seatack Community Park’s new basketball court (Courtesy of Lyfted Media)

“Painting an entire lot in one day, you know, isn’t easy, so it was just a big community event, a big community effort,” Summerell said. “I’m glad to know how it went. I’m just grateful to be a part of it, to be honest with you.

“People were really excited to give back and beautify their local park,” Pittman said.

The end product is not only considered the city’s first painted pitch, but something everyone can be proud of.

Seatack Community Park’s new basketball court (Courtesy of Lyfted Media)

“It’s a breath of fresh air because we’ve been trying to do this for over 20, 30 years and we can see that on the horizon with the help of ViBe and we really appreciate them,” Mills said.

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