Improvements are coming to downtown Moultrie to enhance a growing community. A new pocket park and improved parking are just a couple of projects on the list.
Folks who were born and raised in Moultrie say the downtown square has always been the heartbeat of this town and they're looking forward to seeing the opportunities that will arise from these new plans.
More folks are coming to Moultrie, to see what this town has to offer. "We have well over 40,000 people plus throughout the year coming to our events in downtown Moultrie," said Amy Johnson Main Street Exec. Director.
An active downtown with shops and restaurants, and a historic downtown square. "The work in the downtown area is never completed, it's never done. So we're always going to be working to make it the best we can be, since it is the center of our community," Johnson said.
So to get the ball rolling, the main street program started with a list of dreams. The main goals: making the area more pedestrian friendly, more family-oriented, and safer. And the first project will be the city's first 'pocket park,' to create a leisure area on the corner of First Street and Second Avenue.
"It's going to be great to see some enhancements of a pocket park. It's going to bring people down here and have a chance to get out and utilize it for having lunch," said Harrison Isaacs.
Harrison Isaacs has lived in Moultrie his entire life. He recently invested in property downtown and says new projects like a Visitor's center and a play park will bring more people, and more money, to downtown.
"I think everybody will be excited about the improvements, because it will only help continue their success," Isaacs said.
"It's just a great time to be here, and a great and a great thing to be a part of," Johnson said.
Johnson says they're using 2016 as a planning year, and hope to start construction on the projects next year. She says thanks to generous donations from local businesses, this dream of a better downtown is becoming a reality.