Coming in 2016: Downtown Pocket Park!
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Filling the space between Monticello Carpets & Interiors and Grand China, the Pocket Park will provide 2100 square feet of community space for events, gatherings, picnic lunches and more. Recent improvement to a neighboring lot will provide access to downtown businesses and serve as a stage and overflow area for downtown events.
The Pocket Park committee includes: Mary Phelan, Chamber Director; Doug Herman, City Administrator; Leslie Althoff, ITS; Mike Bowman, Shimanek, Shimanek and Bowman; Erin Danneman, The Jitney; Josh Iben, 151 Landscaping; Sandy Moats, Monticello Carpets and Interiors.
A new city parking lot on Grand Street will provide direct access to the Pocket Park and to Downtown businesses. The parking lot will open into a stage area that will provide the perfect backdrop for bands, outdoor movies, and other performances.
Visitors can access the Pocket Park via a ramp or stairs from the Grand Street parking lot, or through street front access on Main Street.
The Pocket Park will provide free wi-fi access (donated by Infrastructure Technology Solutions and Monticello Carpet and Interiors). Guests will also enjoy ample seating and seasonal plantings.
One of our most exciting features will be the student art wall. In collaboration with the traditional third grade curriculum and the study of the History of Monticello, each third grader in Monticello created an art tile depicting a scene from historical or present day Monticello. The Pocket Park committee would like to thank Maria White (Maria’s Art), Leanna Manternach (Sacred Heart Elementary), Missy Gadient, Tricia Lambert, Robyn Ponder, and Jackie Tighe (Carpenter Elementary) for their time, talents and resources.
The Pocket Park will soon begin a formal fundraising campaign. Private donors, businesses and grants have already contributed $90,000; the Pocket Park anticipates the total fundraising need to be $105,000. Donors will be recognized in several areas throughout the Pocket Park.
For more information, please contact Mary Phelan at the Chamber Office.