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!
- Street view of the empty downtown lot damaged by Hurricane Michael.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- A Chipola College student works hard to level out the concrete foundation.
- Chelsea makes her mark on Lafayette Landing Park.
- TH staff and volunteers work together to build the foundation of the future stage.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 the Chipola College student volunteers.
- 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.
- Everyone involved in the construction of Lafayette Landing got together for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Episode 1 airs the week of July 5, 2021
Episode 2 airs the week of July 12, 2021
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