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is set for spring for the new Uptown Green park, in Toledo's Uptown
will convert a 2.5-acre brown field site into a new park, along Madison Avenue
between 18th and 20th Streets.
really want it to be a public gathering space," said Julie Champa, Uptown
Association Executive Director. "We want it to be open, friendly and welcoming
to everyone in the neighborhood and outside of the neighborhood."
new park design has been unveiled, which includes walking paths, an
amphitheater and a rain garden.
really developed it through the businesses and residents of the neighborhood to
provide elements we think are really going to best fit the needs of the
neighborhood," Champa said.
the park site are businesses including Valentine Vintage, and owner James
Valentine said he's excited about improvements in the area.
lot of other new businesses are coming down, and with the new park that's going
around the corner, that's going to be good also," he said. "We're getting back
to a small-town vibe here."
new business to Uptown is Great Finds on Adams, and Julie Hopfer is also
hopeful for the future.
think we can have a little Shipshewana, that's what I think," Hopfer said. "People
like Shipshewana because of the quaintness, and I think we have that here."
said the project will be completed in about two years, to provide a catalyst
for further development.
2.5-acre green space just lends itself to additional housing, residential, businesses
all around that area," Champa said.
association raised $500,000 in local matching funds to secure a $1.5 million
Clean Ohio grant for the project.