Pocket park facelift a community effort

Nestled at the edge of an acre of asphalt that sees more than 26,000 cars a day sits a tiny oasis at the intersection of West Hundred and Harrowgate roads. This little pocket park was developed years ago to spruce up the mundane intersection, but it’s been difficult to maintain, according to Chester Garden Club President Melissa Ray. So the group decided to re-landscape the area.

But these types of projects can be costly, so the group asked a number of local civic and service groups to help.

Lynn Waymack, project chair, said, “I am both excited and grateful that the community has come together so well to raise the appearance of the pocket park to a level in keeping with its prominence at the heart of our village.”

According to Waymack, the following groups pitched in with funds to make it happen: Chester Masonic Lodge #94, Chester Lions Club, Chester Rotary Club, Woman’s Club of Chester and the Chester Business Association.

The Chester Community Association (CCA) purchased and installed a park bench as part of their community aesthetics program.

“When I contemplate all the good things that happen here in the village, it often comes back to those folks in service organizations like the garden club that find a way to make them happen,” said Mike Sawyer, CCA president.

Hoffman Communications, Inc. provided water and restroom access and Boulevard Flower Gardens provided advice on planting and care.

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