A pocket park at Tony’s Pizza was completed, according to a recent announcement by the Patrick County Chamber of Commerce.
The beautification project, made possible through a Keep Virginia Beautiful 30 in 30 Green Grant, is adjacent to Tony’s Pizza in downtown Stuart.
The area needed some sprucing up to make it more inviting for diners and visitors alike, according to a release from the chamber.
The project included trimming the existing tree, patching the empty tree rings, pressure washing, painting wooden barn quilts, installing flower containers and painting the existing picnic table. The barn quilts are a wonderful pop of color with the designs reflecting the cultural heritage of the area: an apple basket, tobacco leaf, train motif, mountains, fairy stone and the state flower, the dogwood.
The chamber expressed gratitude to the many partners that made the project possible. The Town of Stuart for all their hard work cleaning, patching the cement, and installation of the barn quilts. Tony’s Pizza, their partnership with helping to create the inviting space. The Patrick County Barn Quilt Trail group consisting of Linda Wilson, Lisa Martin and Ann and Nelson McConnell who spent many hours painting the quilts. The Patrick County Master Gardeners for its help in selection and planting of plants. Tractor Supply (Stuart Store) for their sponsorship of containers and potting soil, and Leviner Tree Service for trimming the tree
More than 1,600 hours went into completion of the project that is a small part of the larger plan for the downtown area, following the downtown historic district approval, and the county CBDG planning grant.