Pocket Park Dedicated
The Village of Spring Hill’s first pocket park was proudly dedicated to the people of Spring Hill on the evening of May 16, 2011. The rousing sounds of the Excelsior Band greeted residents and guests as they gathered near the park. Linda St. John, President of The Village of Spring Hill, Inc., welcomed all to the milestone event. Mayor Sam Jones, Council Member Gina Gregory, and Regions Bank South Alabama President Joel Daves all praised the community effort that made the park possible and the commitment of the people of Spring Hill to improving their community. Other elected officials present were Council Member Reggie Copeland and County Commissioners Connie Hudson and Merceria Ludgood.
Following the dedication, the crowd was led by the Excelsior Band up Old Shell Road to a delightful reception in the garden of Shamrock Rose & Thistle Tea Room and Gastro Pub in Holiday Place. The Village of Spring Hill is grateful to Tea Room owners Rhonda and Bill McGinnis for their warm hospitality. TVSH Board Member Bradley Sanders chaired the dedication and reception, ably assisted by Day Peake and Sherry Pierce.
This little jewel of a park in the heart of the Village was made possible through the generosity of the community. It was totally private funded. No government funds were used. Regions Bank granted The Village of Spring Hill use of the land for the park. Initial funding came from The J. L. Bedsole Foundation. Terry Plauché, landscape architect, donated the design for the park and provided guidance during its construction. A number of individuals donated benches and trees in honor or in memory of loved ones. Many other individuals made monetary contributions to the project, and other businesses and individuals made in-kind contributions of services and materials. There is a permanent plaque on site that thanks the generous donors (see inset).
Spring Hill’s first pocket park was designed in keeping with the history of Spring Hill and as an attractive complement to the improvements already in place. The lights, pavers, benches, and tree grates used in the park can be found elsewhere in Village streetscapes that have been implemented. The park is another step in the realization of The Blueprint for Spring Hill, the master plan that was adopted to create a safer, more walkable and more beautiful Spring Hill community.
Enjoy your park! Relax on one of the benches! Admire the seasonal blooming flowers!