Downtown Garland Updates

July 2021

Redesign of Garland’s Downtown Square

The date for work to begin keeps being pushed back, and is now scheduled for late fall, according to Mayor Scott LeMay. He also mentioned that discussion was underway to relocate the annual Christmas on the Square event to an off the square location: Firewheel Town Center. After reviewing concept drawings we requested detailed information fromDistrict 2 Councilwoman, Deborah Morris. We were concerned that the drawings did ot include a performance stage and were a bit mystified about reference to “observation tower” ad she responded as followed:

The concept plan for the Downtown Square Redesign includes a large “performance plaza”, located on the SE corner and positioned in front of the recreational and event lawn. For large concert performances during special events, a covered stage will be temporarily set up in this area. The temporary stage will allow for more flexibility in use of the space on a daily basis.

There will also be the shaded pavilion on the NW corner of the Square, which will provide space for smaller daily or impromptu performances as well as special programs.

On the SW corner of the Square there will be a “tree house” or observation tower, proposed to be integrated into the play area. It will be welcoming to all ages and inspire an imaginative experience with opportunities to look out and view other activities within the Square.

A wide and artfully illuminated promenade will connect all the various attractions.

Sounds wonderful and we are eager to see it take physical form.

New Businesses

Check out the new business and landscape on the corner of Seventh and Main Street in Downtown Garland. Stop in and say hello to Chris Fagan and Dave Skinner, owners of Bee Hippy.

Nancy Ghirla

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