Versailles leads a collaborative effort to develop The Pocket Park project, which will create an outdoor community space that will replace two blighted properties. Funding is secured for an entertainment pavilion and percussive play instruments through crowdfunding with Patronicity and a matching grant through CreatINg Places. A grant from the Ripley County Community Foundation is funding benches, picnic tables, a Ride & Share bike system, and landscaping. The Town of Versailles received a T-Mobile grant to help fund the construction of a splash pad in the park, which was a top requested amenity from our residents. READI funding ($86,000) will be used towards the construction/installation of restroom facilities, which will enable a more comfortable visit for all users, including ADA accessibility.
Construction is expected to start in March 2023 and be completed by June 2023. The Park will be a destination community gathering space for meetups, play dates, and live entertainment and will serve residents of all ages for years to come.