During the 2017 NeighborWorks Week street makeover event, residents of Enolam Boulevard and neighboring streets expressed interest in converting a vacant corner lot into a small park. The Partnership cleaned up the lot for the staging area of the NeighborWorks Week event last June and its potential was realized as a future location for some type of neighborhood green space.
Coordinated through Partnership Community Engagement Specialist Amber Jones, contact was made with the City of Decatur. Officials were asked about the possibility of converting the lot owned by the city into a pocket park for residents. “A group of the residents came to me with the suggestion to build the pocket park,” Councilwoman Kristi Hill.
The pocket park is just one of many city improvements being considered for funding with the Community Development Block Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Thanks to a 25% increase in the city’s federal grant money for low-income areas, the City of Decatur is able to increase or expand its funded projects for 2018.