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Gilbert Holley, left, and Bob Wilson finish concrete on a fountain under construction in the small park on Second Avenue Southeast in Decatur.
Daily photo by Gary Lloyd
Gilbert Holley, left, and Bob Wilson finish concrete on a fountain under construction in the small park on Second Avenue Southeast in Decatur.

Volunteers bringing city park back to life

By Melanie B. Smith
msmith@decaturdaily.com 340-2468

A largely volunteer effort is sprucing up a little patch of downtown Decatur.

The city pocket park on Second Avenue Southeast, between Encore Rehab and a closed restaurant, has looked rundown for years.

The crumbling fountain had no water. Most plants were dead or struggling to survive.

The park renovation is through efforts of the Decatur Beautification Board and companies that are giving work and materials, said board Chairman Clint Shelton.

He said Shelley & Shelley Inc. workers recapped the fountain walls this week. DCA Ready Mix Inc. donated the concrete.

Jack Fite of Fite Building said his company put in the foundation for a steel trellis and is donating much of the labor. He said Nucor Steel is giving the steel, and Interstate Steel will donate the fabrication.

Shelton said vines will eventually cover the trellis, providing shade for park users.

Davidson Plumbing will work on piping and water supply for the fountain, he said. Decatur Parks and Recreation will install a sprinkler system.

Damaged by skate-boarders, the two-level fountain had been drained and filled with soil and plants by the city, he said. Most plants died because there was no watering system.

Parks and Recreation cleaned up and pressure-washed the site to prepare for the refurbishing project, he said.

With benches and landscaping, the spot will give people a nice place to eat lunch or enjoy a break, Shelton said.

He said the project has a $21,000 budget from the Beautification Board, but almost nothing has been spent because so many companies and individuals are donating work and supplies.

The project is following a design made by landscape architect Wilbur Abernethy years ago but never completely implemented.

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