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Pocket park packed into tight space

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New construction happening downtown

  • Pocket park packed into tight space
    Downtown Milledgeville’s first pocket park, located along the 130 block of East Hancock Street, is expected to be completed and open to the public by the middle of July. CHRISTIAN MCKEARNEY/Staff

Whenever life does return to normal around downtown Milledgeville, which is anyone’s guess, many people quickly will notice a new feature along the main block of Hancock Street.

City workers currently are busy building what’s being dubbed the Hancock Plaza Park, a “pocket park” located at the crosswalk between Buffington’s and The Local Yolkal. Hancock Plaza Park, upon completion, will feature park benches and illuminated bollards, which are metal poles connected by chains. The pocket park also will be the future home of the city’s Christmas tree.

Previously, the space was a large, elevated planter consisting of red brick gravel.

“Very excited,” said Carlee Schulte, executive director of Milledgeville MainStreet. “It will be a great usable space, and not just a rock pile anymore where students can throw rocks.”

Schulte added that the pocket park also will be used as a makeshift stage for musicians and First Friday performers.

In terms of First Friday, the First Friday in June already has been cancelled. Also, there’s never been a First Friday in July, which means that August is the earliest possible date for the re-launch of downtown First Fridays.

“We’re keeping our fingers crossed,” Schulte said.

The Hancock Plaza Park is expected to be finished and available to the public at some point in July.