Roscoe Village Foundation Lock Landing Campaign meets fundraising goal

| January 30, 2016

COSHOCTON – The Roscoe Village Foundation has announced completion of its recent Lock Landing fundraising campaign. The project will convert the Visitor Center Exhibit Hall into a new meeting and banquet space to better serve Historic Roscoe Village’s adult groups and student tours. The site will also be available for individuals, businesses, and civic groups to rent for special events.

“We are delighted with the outpouring of community support for this important project,” stated Ann Simpson, president of the Roscoe Village Foundation Board of Trustees. “A significant number of individual donations were received plus many corporate and foundation contributions. We greatly appreciate every gift. Once the renovations are complete we will host a grand opening for our Lock Landing donors.” The anticipated opening is March 2016.

The Lock Landing, located at the Canal Level of the Roscoe Village Foundation’s Visitor Center, will offer 2,400 square feet of meeting and banquet space with immediate access to the Memorial Garden, Roscoe Basin Towpath, Triple Locks, and Roscoe Village.

Debbie McDonald, director of marketing and public relations and manager of the new space, detailed the site. “The Lock Landing will be a truly unique space that can seat 160 guests at tables and chairs and 300 in theater style seating. The décor includes a large canal era mural, abundant natural light, and period pieces that accessorize the room. New flooring will resemble hardwood planks common in the 1800s. The single floor plan enhances accessibility for all guests and the adjacent parking lot can accommodate approximately 400 vehicles.”

“While the space will not officially open until spring and has not been promoted to the general public we have already received advance bookings from as far away as Columbus and Florida”, McDonald continued. “Inquiries have included weddings, receptions, business meetings, and holiday parties.”

Development of The Lock Landing is the initial step in an ambitious rebirth of Roscoe initiative according to David Baker, management consultant to The Roscoe Village Foundation who is leading the village revitalization effort. “The primary goal of the Visitor Center conversion was to accommodate school groups and adult tours which represent growing segments of Roscoe Village guests. Our research also indicated local need for meeting and banquet space for public and private events. Revenue from Lock Landing rentals will help support the foundation’s historic preservation and education mission.”

According to Baker, many nonprofit organizations nationwide rely on facility rentals to subsidize steadily increasing operational budgets. “Museums, arboretums, and historic sites rent their venues to fund ongoing operations and hosts and guests enjoy these unique spaces for milestone events. Facility use uniquely connects patrons with the organization and can inspire membership contributions and donations to future capital campaigns. These various revenue sources help sustain the public service mission.”

For additional information about Roscoe Village Foundation memberships and The Lock Landing, contact McDonald at [email protected] or 740-622-7644.

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