A new pocket park is in the works for downtown Foley. The City of Foley, Foley Main Street, and the Baldwin County Board of Education are collaborating to bring a new, music-filled pocket park to the area. The park will be located beside Foley Middle School, at the northwest corner of Pine Street and Highway 98, which is being leased long-term to the City of Foley by the Board of Education.

Designs for the park include an amphitheater to sit approximately 100 people, a tree buffer along Highway 98, and permanent musical instruments to be placed beside the handicap accessible stage. The City of Foley is paying for the park’s design and construction, and the permanent musical instruments will be purchased via an AARP grant received by Foley Main Street.

“I applied for an AARP grant and received $20,000 to go towards the musical instruments that will be in the back of the stage,” said Darrelyn Dunmore, executive director of Foley Main Street. “AARP was very excited about the fact that this was property of the Baldwin County Board of Education and that the middle schoolers will be able to use it during the day, as well as it being for music events. Music always brings people together, so we want this to be another part of downtown Foley where people will want to come and group and be downtown.”

Plans are to go to bid for the project in January. WAS Design is designing the park. Dunmore said that while the stage and theater would be able to be used for scheduled performances, they would also be available for anytime use at no charge.

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