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[ Turning A Vacant Lot Into An Urban Nature Space ]

The Brodhead Creek Watershed Association Tuesday announced a portion of a vacant lot in Stroudsburg in Monroe County will become an urban nature space – a pocket park–  green oasis amid a busy downtown.

At the corner of Quaker Alley and Sixth Street, dumpsters and loading areas are decorated by weeds, but the project by Stroudsburg Borough, nonprofits Brodhead Watershed Association and Pocono Alliance, and landscape designer Robin Anglemyer of Strauser Nature’s Helpers will change that.

A portion of the land, owned by Monroe County, will have native flowers, grasses, shrubs, and shade trees, along with paths and seating to attract the town’s workers and residents.

Monroe County commissioners conceived the idea almost four years ago, and support the project.

Tarah Probst, mayor of Stroudsburg, said, “Bringing green spaces to our borough is exactly what our constituents are asking for. This nature space will beautify our downtown and bring people together.”

The project will begin by carving out a 30- by 40-foot corner for a demonstration design of how the larger parcel can eventually be used. The larger parcel will later be converted to a green public space for festivals, concerts and similar activities.

Read the full story from PA Environment Digest here.


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