‘Pocket park’ construction to start

Peter J. Teagle - Posted on May 01, 2019 - 02:11 PM

Photo: A computer rendering of the planned “pocket park” coming to Main Street, which is on the site of the former Tucker Store adjacent the historic court circle. Rendering courtesy Gloucester PRT

A computer rendering of the planned “pocket park” coming to Main Street, which is on the site of the former Tucker Store adjacent the historic court circle. Rendering courtesy Gloucester PRT

 

Construction of a new “pocket park” across from Gloucester’s historic court circle is expected to begin this summer, and Gloucester’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism is seeking contributions from the public to complete the project.

The site chosen was previously home to Tucker Store, which was located on the outside of the court circle and operated from 1872 until 1980. The building was demolished in 1984, leaving behind the grass lot that exists today between the Daily Press building and attorney Richard C. Langhorne’s office.  

In August 2017, the Gloucester County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to the “pocket park” concept, with no public funds being used for the project.

“Through a series of private donors and partnerships, Gloucester Parks, Recreation and Tourism and Park Partners, Inc., will create a welcoming and attractive space on Main Street,” Gloucester PRT director Katie Legg said, adding that customized bricks can be purchased for inclusion in the construction. “Engraved bricks will be prominently featured in a wagon-wheel design around the town clock,” she explained.

The project will feature kiosks on the history of the daffodil industry and Daffodil Festival, Gloucester Main Street and Courthouse area, and Werowocomoco. Additionally, landscape elements, benches, water fountains, and walkways complete the design.  

Bricks can be ordered for $50 through May 31 and are available online at www.polarengraving.com/parkpartners or in the PRT office. For more information contact Katey Legg at 804-693-1270 or email her at klegg@gloucesterva.info.