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LONG-AWAITED IMPROVEMENTS TO THE SQUARE IN

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HISTORIC DOWNTOWN GARLAND, ARE ON TRACK TO BREAK GROUND IN LATE 2021. “IT A GREAT PLACE FOR EVERYBODY TO COME TOGETHER TO SPEND TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES, ENJOY OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES, AROUND THE SQUARE.” CREATED BY DESIGN FIRM “STUDIO OUTSIDE,” THE CONCEPT PLAN FEATURES DIFFERENT AREAS THAT WILL MAKE THE SPACE A YEAR-ROUND DESTINATION. “THE INTENT IS TO NOT REALLY JUST MAKE THIS JUST SUPPORTING BIG EVENTS, WHERE IT’S ONLY USED ONCE A MONTH OR TWICE A MONTH.

IT’S INTENDED TO BECOME SOMETHING THAT’S USED EVERY DAY OF THE SEEK.

“KIND OF THE CORE AREA WOULD BE THE EVENT LAWN OR THE COMMUNITY GREEN.

THAT’S GOING TO BE A SPACE THAT WHERE YOU CAN SET UP FOR CONCERTS, AND PEOPLE CAN GATHER OUT ON THE LAWN. IT’S A VERY BIG, FLEXIBLE SPACE. SURROUNDING THAT WOULD BE THE PROMENADE. IT’S WIDE ENOUGH THAT VENDOR TENTS CAN BE SET UP. IT’S WIDE ENOUGH TO HAVE SMALL TABLES SET UP, SO IT’S NOT JUST A WALKWAY, IT’S A SPACE TO GATHER AND CONGREGATE.

THEN WE HAVE THE PLAYGROUND, WHICH IS GOING TO BE A REALLY DYNAMIC CHILDREN’S PLAY EXPERIENCE, WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT WAYS THAT THEY CAN PLAY, AND A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS THAT CAN INTERACT AT.

WITHIN THAT SPACE, AND THEN WE HAVE KIND OF A OUTDOOR PAVILION, A SMALL SHADE PAVILION, AND ALL OF THOSE PIECES ARE KIND OF INTERWOVEN TOGETHER SO ONE FEEDS THE OTHER AND SUPPORTS THE OTHER SO THEY CAN GAGE UP OR DOWN DEPENDING UPON THE GROUP SIZE.

ONE OF THE THINGS WE’VE BEEN EXCITED ABOUT IS THE GREAT FEEDBACK WE’VE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE WITH TALKING TO SOME OF THE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS. THEY’VE BROUGHT SOME GOOD IDEAS TO THE TABLE, AND WE WERE ABLE TO CAPITALIZE ON THOSE AND INTEGRATE THEM INTO THE PLAN.

I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO TAKE MY BUSINESS AND KIND OF EXPAND IT INTO THE OPEN SPACE AND CONNECT WITH OTHER BUSINESSES I THINK THERE’S SOME VACANCIES THAT WILL FILL UP QUICKLY AND THEY’LL HAVE THAT ADDED PERK AND ADVANTAGE OF HAVING A BEAUTIFUL SPACE THAT IS UNIQUE AN ACCEPTING FOR LARGE EVENTS BUT ALSO, IS CONDUCTIVE TO SMALLER GATHERINGS.” IN ADDITION TO THE IMPROVEMENTS IN THE SQUARE, UP TO 14 BLOCKS OF DOWNTOWN STREETSCAPES WILL BE IMPROVED TO ENHANCE THE PEDESTRIAN EXPERIENCE THROUGHOUT THE CITY’S DOWNTOWN CORE.

THIS LEGACY PROJECT IS EXPECTED TO TAKE UP TO 24-MONTHS.

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* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.