DANVILLE, Va. (WFXR) — Danville Mayor Alonzo Jones, members of the City Council, and other local officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday to mark the opening of the Union Street Pocket Park in the River District.
The park is located at 121-123 South Union Street next to The Bee boutique hotel. The urban park provides an open space for people to gather.
“As you can see, it is a short walk from the governmental offices, the courthouse, many businesses and places of residence,” Jones said. “For those who work or live nearby, and for those who come to shop, this park offers a place to step outside, take a break from their work, enjoy lunch, or simply to relax and enjoy the outdoors.”
The park can be reserved for events by contacting the Danville Parks and Recreation Department. The park will be open from dawn until dusk.
The property used to be the former Knights of Pythias Building. Trenda Leavitt, a landscape architect who founded Beechgrove Design in Moneta, designed the space to honor the former building’s history.
The hand-laid stone wall on the west side fronting South Union Street and brick walls are part of the original walls of the New & Miller building.
“Union Street Park is a stunning space replete with historic and modern character,” Leavitt said. “A stable, where horses once rested, has been reimagined into a space for people to rest; reflect on the past; enjoy trees, water, sunshine, and shade; socialize; work; have a meal; and celebrate life’s milestones.”
The pocket park also includes wheelchair lift accessibility; furniture and spaces for mobile work, outdoor dining and meetings; a tree grove; and a modern minimalist steel water sculpture.