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Franklin announces plans for downtown pocket park

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Posted at 12:01 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 13:01:10-05

At Tuesday night's council meeting, the City of Franklin announced the plans to construct a new pocket park in the downtown area.

The park will fill the space left from the 2016 demolition of the Center Theater in the city's historic district.

City Inspector Glenn Todd and Public Relations Director Ed "Tiger" Verdin presented the project which aims to create foot traffic downtown and spur the ongoing revitalization of the city.

Included in the design of the park is an entrance made of wrought iron and brick decorated with nature scenes of the Bayou Teche, engraved memorial walking path, memorial fountain for victims of violence, and an open air art space and stage dedicated to the memory of Mayci Breaux who was killed in the Lafayette Grand Theater shooting.

Four wrought iron benches and bronze ballet dancer will surround the stage.

See a rendering of the pocket park below:

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Residents and others will be able to purchase personalized bricks to be used in the park's construction. Bricks will recognize families, events, designations, titles, and historic events in and around Franklin.

The bricks will be sold in phases which the city says will determine the final costs of the public brick sale price.

A ground breaking will be held in early 2020 to coincide with the the city's Bicentennial celebration.