Dodge Park improvement projects

In the center of the Village of Beverly is a two acre commons known as Dodge Park, named after John Dodge, ESQ., founder of the town of Beverly in the early 1800s, who generously donated the land from a portion of a land grant given to his father, Captain John Dodge, for his services during the Revolutionary War.

Dodge Park is a hub for activities in the small Village of Beverly. The park is embellished with beautiful trees and is home to four picnic shelters, a playground, and restrooms. From early spring to late fall, the shelters are busy with reunions, weddings, a nutritional program, concerts, and ice cream social. The Annual Beverly Homecoming brings family and friends together in mid-summer and the Annual Lighting of the Park celebrates the winter holidays. The park is enjoyed by many throughout the year.

The Village of Beverly Council recently joined the coalition to create a healthier community by participating in the Centers for Disease Control Preventative Health and Health Services Block Grant. Dr. Richard Wittberg, Washington County Health Commissioner, and Rabia Karim, Health Communities Coordinator, presented the grant opportunity to the Village Council in hopes to promote active living, healthier eating, and tobacco free environments.

After a special meeting to discuss and consider various projects, Beverly Council submitted a request to improve Dodge Park with additional playground equipment, pea gravel, and a fitness stepper bike station for adults. The $5,000 project was approved and the new enhancements were added to Dodge Park in May.

The Village of Beverly is committed to promoting good nutrition and health development to its citizens. Council looks forward to working with the Washington County Health Department in the future to inspire a healthy community.

Pamela Jackson is fiscal officer for the Village of Beverly. Creating Healthy Communiies appears monthly on the Life page.