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Building Lafayette Landing

We're leading the effort to rescue an abandoned lot destroyed by Hurricane Michael, and convert it into a pocket park. Lafayette Landing will be a public gathering and small event space for the people of Marianna, Florida. It will include landscaping, seating, lighting, a stage and more. Follow along and take a virtual visit to Marianna, meet its residents and watch the project's progress!

Episodes

“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf join the Marianna, Florida community to build Lafayette Landing, a pocket park in Northwest Florida.

Building a Pocket Park in Marianna, Florida (Part 1)

In this special two-part episode of Today’s Homeowner, we’re building a pocket park in Marianna, Florida, my hometown.
“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf, cutting the ribbon at Lafayette Landing Park in Marianna, Florida

Building a Pocket Park in Marianna, Florida (Part 2)

We're wrapping up a pocket park we started last week to bring hope to Marianna, Florida. This reminder of a hurricane becomes a symbol of pride.

Photo Gallery

  • Street view of the empty downtown lot damaged by Hurricane Michael.
    Street view of the empty downtown lot damaged by Hurricane Michael.
  • Danny gives opening remarks and speaks with the volunteers on day 1.
    Danny gives opening remarks and speaks with the volunteers on day 1.
  • Volunteers work to build up and even out the concrete foundation. Once the foundation is solid, this will be the space where the new flowerbeds will go.
    Volunteers work to build up and even out the concrete foundation. Once the foundation is solid, this will be the space where the new flowerbeds will go.
  • Local volunteer, Diane Pate, helps Chelsea fill the large planters with soil.
    Local volunteer, Diane Pate, helps Chelsea fill the large planters with soil.
  • Danny, Chelsea and volunteers have fun with filling up the large planters provided by Marianna High School.
    Danny, Chelsea and volunteers have fun with filling up the large planters provided by Marianna High School.
  • As day 2 begins, many students from Jackson County schools volunteer their time to work on the future park. Victor Vickery explains to them what they will be doing throughout the day. Safety first!
    As day 2 begins, many students from Jackson County schools volunteer their time to work on the future park. Victor Vickery explains to them what they will be doing throughout the day. Safety first!
  • Throughout the week, our production team had a chance to interview some Marianna locals about what this project means to them.
    Throughout the week, our production team had a chance to interview some Marianna locals about what this project means to them.
  • Students from Marianna Middle School learn from the best! Danny teaches them how to start building up the paver flowerbeds with Titebond construction adhesive.
    Students from Marianna Middle School learn from the best! Danny teaches them how to start building up the paver flowerbeds with Titebond construction adhesive.
  • Each morning started with an opening prayer lead by local leaders from different churches around the area. On this day, Pastor Vince Smith from First Baptist Church of Marianna prayed for a beautiful recovery of the space and for everyone's safety.
    Each morning started with an opening prayer lead by local leaders from different churches around the area. On this day, Pastor Vince Smith from First Baptist Church of Marianna prayed for a beautiful recovery of the space and for everyone's safety.
  • Students from Marianna Middle School work together to build the paver flower beds.
    Students from Marianna Middle School work together to build the paver flower beds.
  • Volunteers work together to break up certain areas of the existing concrete flooring to add the irrigation system to the middle flower bed.
    Volunteers work together to break up certain areas of the existing concrete flooring to add the irrigation system to the middle flower bed.
  • A Chipola College student works hard to level out the concrete foundation.
    A Chipola College student works hard to level out the concrete foundation.
  • Chelsea makes her mark on Lafayette Landing Park.
    Chelsea makes her mark on Lafayette Landing Park.
  • TH staff and volunteers work together to build the foundation of the future stage.
    TH staff and volunteers work together to build the foundation of the future stage.
  • Volunteers work together to build up the paver flower beds.
    Volunteers work together to build up the paver flower beds.
  • After the flower beds were complete, a volunteer adds the final touches to the irrigation system.
    After the flower beds were complete, a volunteer adds the final touches to the irrigation system.
  • Volunteers build up the paver columns that will be the main entrance to the park.
    Volunteers build up the paver columns that will be the main entrance to the park.
  • Local businesses, like Southern Craft Creamery, participated in building up their community by volunteering to help with the park's construction.
    Local businesses, like Southern Craft Creamery, participated in building up their community by volunteering to help with the park's construction.
  • Students from Marianna High School work together to add plants to the large planters.
    Students from Marianna High School work together to add plants to the large planters.
  • A volunteer adds wood stain to the finished stage to match the large planters in the park.
    A volunteer adds wood stain to the finished stage to match the large planters in the park.
  • Adding final touches to the park, volunteers start to add mulch to the landscape.
    Adding final touches to the park, volunteers start to add mulch to the landscape.
  • Danny and volunteers wrap up the park in preparation for the opening ceremony of the park.
    Danny and volunteers wrap up the park in preparation for the opening ceremony of the park.
  • Danny and the Chipola College student volunteers.
    Danny and the Chipola College student volunteers.
  • Chipola College students built these octagon shaped picnic tables prior to the construction of the park.
    Chipola College students built these octagon shaped picnic tables prior to the construction of the park.
  • The local Marianna community is enjoying the new space.
    The local Marianna community is enjoying the new space.
  • Everyone involved in the construction of Lafayette Landing got together for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
    Everyone involved in the construction of Lafayette Landing got together for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Featured Videos

Split screen with “Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford laughing with friend Mickey Gilmore, a map of Marianna Florida, and volunteers building a pocket park in the downtown district

Marianna, Florida Residents Talk About Their Tight-Knit Community

Marianna, Florida residents who have volunteered to build a downtown pocket park talk about their tight-knit community, and what it means to them.
Composite image of Lafayette Landing, a pocket park in Marianna, Florida; Today's Homeowner host Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford preparing to take on their next project.

Making Marianna, Florida Beautiful After Hurricane Michael

Danny talks about Lafayette Landing, a pocket park he's building in Marianna, Florida, on ruins from Hurricane Michael.

From the episodes

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford hears a noise and it's Chelsea cranking up the telehandler while building a pocket park in Marianna, Florida

Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Keys Inside the Lull Machine

When Danny Lipford is away, Chelsea Lipford Wolf will play! Watch Chelsea crank up the telehandler during construction of a pocket park in Florida.
“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf visit sentimental locations in Marianna, Florida

Chelsea Recalls Childhood Trips to Marianna, Florida, Her Dad’s Hometown

“Today’s Homeowner” hosts Danny Lipford and Chelsea Lipford Wolf pass by sentimental locations while visiting Marianna, Florida, Danny's hometown.

How to watch Hope For A Home Town

Episode 1 airs the week of July 5, 2021
Episode 2 airs the week of July 12, 2021
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