Workers are clearing an area near the corner of Troy Street and North Foster Street that will eventually be the site of Pioneer Park.
Dothan Planning Director Todd McDonald said the area will be a small green space featuring a gazebo-type covered, shaded area consisting of two angled walls. An engraved plaque that pays tribute to Dothan’s downtown revitalization pioneers is also planned within the structure, as well as a clocktower. Material from the old Dothan City Jail, formerly located on North St. Andrews Street, is expected to be incorporated into the structure.
“You’re looking at a relatively small space similar to Porter Park, but something we believe will definitely add to downtown,” McDonald said.
Downtown Group Executive Director Jill Williams said the park is part of the city’s effort to beautify downtown.
“This creates an entry point to that area of downtown and helps make it attractive,” Williams said. “It is part of what we have been doing to re-establish downtown as a viable part of Dothan. This, along with the other things we are doing and have done, will hopefully make downtown more walkable and enjoyable.”
Workers have been replacing aging water lines in the 100 and 200 blocks of North Foster. This week, they began removing asphalt from part of the parking lot located across Foster Street from the Federal Courthouse. The park area is expected to cost about eight parking spaces.
After water line improvements are made on Foster, workers will begin a streetscaping project to change the look of the 100 block of North Foster Street.
McDonald said he hopes the construction of the Pioneer Park structure can be bid in May.
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