Thursday, April 12, 2012

Portland Street Pocket Park Ribbon Cutting This Saturday

On Saturday, April 14, 2012 Representative Susie Byrd will host a ribbon cutting ceremony and community event to celebrate the Portland Street Pocket Park. 

In 2004, voters approved $2 million to be used for open space enhancements in District 2. The Portland Street Pocket Park is the last of the open space enhancement projects. The project was inspired by the redevelopment of an historic gas station by Rod Davenport. Next to the redeveloped gas station was a vacant and abandoned street easement that collected trash and dirt and was a nuisance to the neighborhood. Working with the residents of the area, most notably members of the Manhattan Heights Neighborhood Association, the abandoned street easement was turned into a neighborhood pocket park.

"Manhattan Heights is one of El Paso's great treasures, an historic neighborhood featuring distinctive architecture and great community facilities. I'm excited that both the public sector, private sector and area residents are continuing to invest in making this a great neighborhood," said Susie Byrd.  

Following the ribbon cutting, Rod Davenport and the Horseless Carriage Association will have vintage cars and a horseless carriage on display. Partial street closures will be in effect to accommodate the display.  Light refreshments will be served.

April 14th; 10AM to 12PM
Ribbon cutting will take place at 10:00 AM
Intersection of Elm and Portland (Map)

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