MISHAWAKA TO BREAK GROUND ON SIGNATURE YOUTH COUNCIL POCKET PARK
The City of Mishawaka is having a ground-breaking ceremony for the pocket park on Monday August 14th at 5:30pm at Mishawaka City Hall, 100 Lincolnway West. The groundbreaking will be held at the southwest corner of the intersection of First Street and Main Street. Attendees should plan on parking in the City Hall public parking lot.
At this time, Mayor Wood and the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council (MYAC) will be celebrating the groundbreaking of their capstone project, the Mishawaka Pocket Park. The pocket park, which was conceptually designed by the MYAC will create a beautiful signature pocket park in the heart of Mishawaka’s historical downtown.
Planning the pocket park began last fall and was made possible from the students’ crowdfunding efforts. With only two months, the MYAC was able to raise over $100,000 from local businesses, private donors, and local organizations. This was only possible because of the matched funds by the State of Indiana’s Housing and Community Development Authority Patronicity Program.
The Mishawaka Pocket Park will feature a signature selfie spot in an artful “The Mish” sign which will let users become the “I” in the sign. The art wall mural depicts the St. Joseph River as it runs through Mishawaka with a soulful heart being symbolically shown in the heart of the downtown. The base of the mural is formed by a planted green wall fence. The space also includes seating, landscaping, bicycle rack, and an information display board.
The construction plans were prepared by JPR Landscape Architects of South Bend. Construction of the park will be accomplished by Milestone Contractors North for the concrete work. US Signcrafters will construct the sign and river mural. The furnishings will be installed by the City Central Services Department. The planting will be installed by the City’s Park Department with the assistance of the Mayor’s Youth Council. Construction should be completed by Thanksgiving.