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Today – A temporary and ephemeral “linear park” that will use the parking lots along Third Street, is expected to open in late September. So what would that look like?
What would a pedestrian-friendly park look like that connects the city’s new Imagination district and its established Carousel district?
Well, that’s the purpose of a temporary and ephemeral “linear park”. It will use the parking lots along Third Street and is scheduled to open on September 20 and stay open until October 1.
The effort is funded primarily by a national grant from the AARP Challenge. The AARP has awarded more than $ 3.2 million to 244 recipients. Applicants were encouraged to develop projects that did things like create vibrant public places or offer a range of transportation options.
The project is led by the Richland Area Chamber & Economic Development and its Richland Community Development Group.
Jodie Perry, president and CEO of the chamber, explained that the overall goal of a linear park was one of Mansfield Rising’s ideas. Specifically, they wanted to create a sense of synergy between the Carousel District and the Imagination District so that people wanted to walk between these two organizations.
She also said it will be a few years before anything permanent is in place, but they wanted to give people something to consider first.
The idea is to show how pedestrians, bikes and cars can all interact while feeling safe.
So what exactly is a linear park? Some of the best examples can be found in The High Line in New York, The 606 in Chicago, The Beltline in Atlanta, and The Greenway in Boston.
Longer than they are wide, linear parks take people on a journey through the city.
They can be as short as a few blocks or as long as several kilometers. They often serve as a link in city plans to stimulate alternative transportation.
And as they travel from one block or neighborhood to another, people see the city from a different perspective when they use a linear park.
Several local groups are involved in the effort, including The Chamber, Mansfield / Richland County Public Library, Renaissance Theater, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, FiELD9: Architecture, Entrepreneur’s Kitchen, County Regional Planning Commission of Richland, the town of Mansfield and mankind. Murals.
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Now, a bit of local history …
Roeliff Brinkerhoff… You may not know much about him, but you’ve seen his name in town before:
like school, like the street.
Colonel Brinkerhoff was a young lawyer in Mansfield when the Civil War began and he enlisted as a quartermaster. After the war ended, he was stationed in Washington DC and was at Ford’s Theater when President Lincoln was shot.
He wrote about the experience in his memoir saying that … “for a moment there was dead silence. The audience seemed paralyzed. No sound came out of the box. It says in the various tales Mrs. Lincoln shouted – I didn’t hear any scream. Major Rathbun testified that he shouted “stop this man.” I didn’t hear anything like that, and I think I could have heard a whisper.
Then we answer a question from our readers and listeners like you …
The question of the day ? What’s going on with the unfinished church on Park Avenue West?
The unfinished church has captured the attention of the community for many years.
It is owned by Grace Brethren Church in Mansfield, and it turns out the church has no plans to complete the project. Instead, they’ve been trying to sell the property for years.
It all started when Grace Brethren Church bought the land in 1992. They hired contractor Henry Gassaway, who began construction of the buildings in 2002. 6 years later, Gassaway sued the church for owing him payments for construction expenses. However, the magistrate determined that the congregation never approved the proposed cost by vote. Gassaway died in 2014.
Ontario Mayor Randy Hutchinson said the city receives calls and complaints about the property every year. And like many residents of the community, he said it would be nice to see something done with the property.
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Black Fork Commons Mercantile in Shelby
Now we would like to take a moment to highlight Tony and Bev Hall. The Halls see the Black Fork Commons Mercantile and the Well Coffee Shop as more than a business. This is their promise to the city.
They planned to open the business last year until the COVID-19 pandemic delays the project. But it also gave them more time to make the place more welcoming. The company opened on July 8.
Upon entering the store, customers will find everything from children’s and women’s clothing to jewelry and toys.
And in addition to coffee, The Well Coffee Shop offers soft drinks and baked goods.
The Halls told us they wanted to “bring Shelby back” and share the history of the city with more people. That’s why Black Fork Commons Mercantile is now asking about Shelby on his Facebook page! The first person who answers correctly will receive a free cup of coffee.
Then from the Knox pages …
Almost $ 100,000 worth of cattle were sold at this year’s Knox County Junior Fair’s “Sale of Champions”, doubling the amount raised in 2020.
And John McCann, of Mount Vernon, received this year’s Hall of Fame award, which is sponsored by the Junior Fair Sales Committee. The award recognizes a person or business that has played a key role in the sale of livestock over the years.
Finally, we would like to take a moment to remember the life of Angela Jean Fliger of Mansfield.
Angela was born in Mount Vernon and worked at Air Solutions. Angela was a loving grandmother who loved and adored her grandchildren. She was an advocate and voice for our United States Veterans and was a member of VFW Auxiliary Post # 3494.
Halloween was Angela’s favorite time of year and she celebrated it all month. She’s won numerous awards for Scariest Costume at VFW. His hobbies included cheering on the Cleveland Browns, relaxing on a motorbike, hunting for mushrooms, and spending quality time in his motorhome.
Angela is survived by her mother, her children, her soul mate, Ed; her daughter, her cherished grandchildren, her siblings, nieces and nephews; and her special little dog, Champagne.
Thank you for taking a moment with us today to commemorate and celebrate Angela’s life.
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