I decided for this week’s blog, instead of focusing on our Made in Tenn suppliers, I would write about downtown Mount Pleasant and some of the happenings. As residents and non-residents, you may or may not know what’s happening in this quaint,historic downtown that’s designed to bring community together and help with the revitalization efforts.
Anytime a community comes together in beautifying the downtown and making improvements; it’s a good thing. It’s good for the aesthetics of the town, it’s good in bringing people together for a ‘like’ cause and it helps the town thrive, and draws more people to visit and live in the area. A few really cool things have been taking place lately so I wanted to share that with all of you.
Mt. Pleasant’s Community Development Corporation submitted a proposal for a grant to the Tennessee Arts Commission for a mural to be painted on the side of the building. Artists submitted drawings and ideas of their vision for the mural and a committee selected the winner.
The winner was our town’s own, Bedford Smith. The grant covered the paint and the artist’s labor. Bedford’s design is one that encourages people to stand in front of the silhouette and act as though you are standing in the rain with an umbrella or playing the trumpet, etc.
And of course, we encourage you to take a selfie and post it on social media for all to see. It’s bright and colorful as you enter Mt. Pleasant heading south. Can’t miss it!
Dog Park Dash
Randy and Jenny Boyd said, “We’ve made it our mission to put a smile on people’s faces by creating dog parks across the state, where animals can play in safe spaces and people can grow their relationships with others. Our vision is to become the most pet-friendly state in the U.S. by not only providing dog park grants in 2018, but also in years to come.” They believe dog parks make happier pets, healthier humans and closer communities.
The name Randy Boyd may sound familiar to some of you. His company is known for designing the ‘invisible fence’ for cats and dogs. But not only that, he is currently running for Governor of Tennessee. (a busy man)
Randy and Jenny’s foundation, The Boyd Foundation, accepted applications from cities across Tennessee to be considered for having a dog park built in their community. Each grant awarded is worth $25,000 with one city receiving a $100,000 grant. Thanks to our City Manager, Kate Collier and other city officials, a grant was submitted for Mt. Pleasant. The Boyd Foundation’s grant, Dog Park Dash, announced the winners for the grants recently. There were 36 cities chosen to receive a $25,000 grant. The winner of the $100,000 grant was awarded to Jackson, TN.
Drum roll please…….. MOUNT PLEASANT IS ONE OF THE 36 CITIES CHOSEN TO RECEIVE A DOG PARK GRANT!!!!! This is yet another improvement for our community and benefit for our town. We are thrilled to have been chosen.
The dog park will be located at Howard Field near First Ave and College Ave. You are invited to come to the Town Square on Monday, July 16th at 10 am to show your support and appreciation for the Dog Park Dash grant. The City will be receiving the grant check at this time. If you can make it – come on out. It would be great to have a large crowd of people in attendance. Thank you Boyd Foundation!
Gardenia Park Community Garden
Back in June 2018, several volunteers got together at Gardenia Park in Mt. Pleasant to start a community garden. They are using this year’s efforts as a ‘demonstration garden’. As you can see in the picture to the right, volunteers were learning how to plant potatoes using a pallet, soil, straw and potato starts. There are several plots that were planted with a variety of seeds; eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, etc.
But where the heck is Gardenia Park?I wondered the same thing and found out it was super close to our store. Going south on Main Street, turn left on Bluegrass which is right by our store, and follow it until you get to Gardenia which is only a few blocks. Then turn right on Gardenia and drive until it dead ends in the park.
Not only did volunteers plant seeds of many types of veggies, they continue to water and care for the plots to ensure the concept of a community garden fulfills their vision. Next year, residents of Mt. Pleasant will be able to reserve a plot and plant their own seeds, pick and eat their own fresh vegetables from their own garden. How cool is that?!
BUT WAIT – THERE’S MORE!! In addition to the community garden, a fundraiser was held at Town Square in June to raise money for playground equipment; over $2,000 was raised. Thank you to all who attended and donated money.
In addition, the City plans to install signage at the park and budget money to install restrooms next year. Once the playground equipment is in place along with restrooms, it will be an even more desirable place to hang out with family and friends.
Bring a blanket, a book and a Frisbee. There is plenty of room to have fun!!
A shout out not only to the volunteers but to the City Officials for their support of the community garden and also making sure water lines were available and assisting with the plots.
Donna Morency, Director of Community Development Corporation, told me there are ‘projects that use art as an economic development tool’ that are in the works. Stay tuned for more good news. Thank you Donna for all your efforts, diligence and commitment to the revitalization efforts of Mt. Pleasant.
Whew….. as you can see there is always something being done by people in this ‘pleasant’ community to make it an even more desirable place for us and others to live, work, play and for businesses and people to thrive. Kudos to all of you!!
Until next time, Angela 🙂
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