OUTLOOK: Crawford Square and Gordon’s Alley get a facelift – The Vicksburg Post

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If it’s been a while since you’ve strolled down Washington Street, you might be in for a little surprise – a nice surprise.

Vicksburg Main Street recently received a $2,500 grant and the funding was used to improve Crawford Square and Gordon’s Alley, both located at the intersection of Crawford and Washington streets.

Kim Hopkins, who is executive director of the Vicksburg Main Street Program, said she applied for the grant from the Mississippi Main Street Association.

“It was a community development grant of $2,500 and it was a matching grant, so we matched the $2,500,” she said.

The $5,000 was used to spruce up existing flower beds in Crawford Square with weeding and mulching. Flowerpots with foliage and seasonal flowers have been added. Railings were painted, café lights hung, and vine balls and stars were placed in the trees.

“We put up three picnic tables to go along with the two benches and just spruce it up and make it a nice place for locals and visitors alike,” she said.

Hopkins said it has received positive feedback from downtown merchants and tourists.

“The downtown merchants called us and thanked us, and the tourists really appreciated the presence of benches,” she said. “We also have a lot of locals using the area for photos. It is a beautiful region. They (locals) used it before it was renovated, but they really use it now.

Hopkins said the Gordon’s Alley area is also frequented by apartment and Mulberry Hotel guests.

Hopkins said a second phase of downtown improvements will take place in the coming months.

“The Mayor and the Board of Aldermen have approved overhead lights to be hung across Gordon’s Alley,” Hopkins said, which will enhance and during the evening hours highlight the artwork displayed on the sides of the parking lot.

Those who helped Hopkins in the first phase of the project, she said, included her assistant Ritch Southard and Main Street board members, who pitched in for a day’s work to help paint.

“We had the city come in and pressure wash the sidewalk and the steps, and they helped us make electrical boxes,” she said, adding that the downtown business owner and developer, Daryl Hollingsworth, had repaired a concrete pillar.

Hopkins said she encourages those who haven’t been out to view and take advantage of the “refreshed” space to plan a visit.

“It’s a great place to come and relax. You can go for lunch at one of the restaurants and come sit and have lunch at one of the picnic tables,” she said. “For the second Saturdays we had music in Gordon’s Alley. It’s a wonderful place for music and events.

Additionally, the city of Vicksburg has set up a dog park along Gordon’s Alley, Hopkins said, which is all the more reason to come and enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of River City.

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Soon after, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter for the Vicksburg Post and editor of Vicksburg Living Magazine, which was awarded first place by the Mississippi Press Association. She was also the recipient of a first place award in the editorial division of the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest for “Best Feature Article”.

Terri is a graduate of Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a major in public relations.

Before coming to work at the Post just over 10 years ago, she freelanced at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay-at-home mom.

Terri is a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and was a member of the Sampler Antique Club and the Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“Whether it’s staying informed about local government issues or hearing the stories of local residents, a local newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at the Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I can continue to grow and hone my skills while helping to share the stories in Vicksburg. When people ask me what I love most about my job, my answer is always “the people”.

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