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In honor of Jerry Goodpasture, a treasured civic leader, a city park was dedicated in her name by City officials and her surviving husband Frank Goodpasture III. Members of Believe in Bristol along with former members of the Beaver Creek Walk group joined in the celebration of the Jerry Goodpasture Plaza.
Jerry Goodpasture lost her courageous battle against cancer four years ago at the age of 59. Jerry lived in Bristol for 35 years and immersed herself in a variety of projects and causes within the community. Jerry’s great love of Bristol’s downtown was most evident in her work with Believe in Bristol, the annual Border Bash concert series, loft tours, and the Journey’s End Christmas event.
The park, formerly known as Beaver Creek Plaza, is a .18 acre park that is located at 719 Shelby Street. It is bordered by a wrought iron fence on the creek side and a split rail fence on the east side. It is also beautifully landscaped with shrubs and trees. There are musical instruments installed in the park along with metal benches and attractive flower planters.
“The city has very high standards when it comes to naming a park, but with fingerprints of Jerry being left on so many of Bristol’s greatest achievements; this wasn’t a difficult decision. Her impact is still being felt in our community today,” said Councilwoman Margaret Feierabend. “She was truly a most amazing woman.”