In the late winter of 2020, the Village of Shelby purchased a property along Michigan Ave that will be converted into a pocket park. The new pocket park will serve as the main pathway from the Hart-Montague Trail to downtown Shelby. The end result for this project is an inclusive greenspace where residents and visitors can socialize, reflect, and enjoy downtown Shelby. Continue scrolling to learn more about the pocket park project. For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact Emily Stuhldreher, Community Development Fellow, at email@example.com.
Before the result can be accomplished, the pocket park needs to undergo major renovations and upgrades, including:
The Village's short-term goal for the park is a functional, ADA accessible space that can safely provide a connection from the Hart-Montague Trail and increase outdoor event and seating capacity. The design plan for the pocket park plan offers flexibility so the park can continue to evolve and support future community needs.
Included with the purchase of the property is a gazebo that was presumably built on-site many years ago. Based on the condition and size of the gazebo, it was determined that it would be best to remove the gazebo and replace it with a modern shade structure.
Timeline for Pocket Park Project
The pocket park is a great space for community events. Beginning in 2021, the Village's annual tree lighting ceremony will take place at the pocket park. In the next few years, we hope to paint a mural on one of the adjacent buildings and host farmers markets. Additionally, the pocket park design includes a parking space that is large enough for a food truck. The possibilities are endless!
Frontal view of the pocket park (on Michigan Ave, looking through the park towards rail trail).
Rear-view of the pocket park (in parking lot between rail trail and park, looking towards downtown).
Ariel view of pocket park.
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