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You can help build a new park in Farmington

From Hometown Life

pocket-park-copy.jpgFarmington's Downtown Development Authority is working to crowdfund a pocket park that would be built near the corner of Farmington Road and Grand River Avenue.

The park would be located between SIPP smoothie and juice bar and Wina's Therapeutic Thai Massage in a space that currently serves as parking and outdoor seating for SIPP. The new park could increase seating as well as a cornhole game, firepits and greenspace.

"It’s in a center of downtown where we don’t have a lot of outdoor seating," said Kate Knight, director of Farmington's DDA. "Two years ago, when we designated the social district, we included that area because we had that pocket park in mind. You can come from Farmington Brewery or MI.MOSA or Loft Cigar and carry nachos and a beer down to that pocket park."

pock-park2-copy.jpgKnight said she envisions the park as a gathering place and spot where people can wait for a table at nearby restaurants. She said the DDA plans to do the majority of the construction in 2023.

Knight said the DDA is using crowdfunding, rather than its own budget, in an attempt to take advantage of Michigan Economic Development Corporation funding. Farmington hopes to raise $75,000, which the MEDC could match with a grant.

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