When Hurricane Michael struck the Panhandle more than 2 years ago, Marianna took a direct hit. Downtown was in shambles after the catastrophic winds and torrential rains crumbled brick buildings like Legos.
Danny Lipford, who grew up in Marianna and is a home improvement expert, is bringing new life to Lafayette Street in Marianna with what he calls a “pocket park,” which will be known as Lafayette Landing. The park will be sandwiched between two buildings that were repaired after Michael, located at 4448 Lafayette Street.
Lipford is the host of the national television show “Today’s Homeowner,” now in its 23rd season. There will be two episodes airing in early 2021 featuring this project.
“It’s refreshing to have something positive to focus on and celebrate, especially during a year that has been challenging for us all,” Lipford said in a statement.
The park brings the community a small event space with seating, lighting, a stage, landscaping and more.
Construction will begin Saturday, Dec. 5 and end on Thursday, Dec. 10. More than 100 volunteers and city leaders will be involved in the community project. Students attending Chipola College and Jackson County high schools have already begun building wooden planters, picnic tables and benches that will be installed in the park.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 10 from 3:30 – 6:30 pm.
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