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Downtown Pocket Park is Nearing End of First Phase of Construction

Large Planter

Large Planter

Lamar City Administrator, John Sutherland, said the Pocket Park is, “Coming along nicely,” during the Redevelopment Board meeting on June 5th.  “The pavers are going in and the color scheme is also pulling the structure together.”

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He said some artwork is being donated by the Arkansas Valley Board of Realtors and Community Development Manager, Angie Cue, added that a presentation for city officials and the public will be held Friday morning, sometime between 8am and 9am. “The details are still being worked out, but we’ll make an announcement once we have a set time,” she explained.

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Sutherland said the sprinkler system for the large planter area is installed and work is being finalized for the smaller one and some funds have been set aside to purchase the plants for each of them. What’s left to be done is catenary lights over the stage some shade structuring and pergolas and a painting project.  “We’re taking some creative measures so as not to break the bank for the second phase of the project,” he said.  The project has been funded in two phases as monies become available.

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Cue explained that the park can be reserved for a multitude of functions. “We’re getting requests for family and school reunions already and all reservations will go through the community building,” she said, adding that the reservations will be on a site accessible to the public.  The park will be open to the public once the first phase is finished, probably by the end of June or early July.  She said plans are underway to make the grand opening really special.

By Russ Baldwin

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