GENEVA, Ala. (WDHN) — Several years ago, crews demolished the old Geneva Van Heusen Plant.
Since then, the site has been used by a local auto repair business to store its vehicles, but last month, the city council gave Mayor David Hayes the authority to contract with engineering companies to convert the site into a city park.
Hopes are to include a splash park, amphitheater, playground area, and a grassed area as well.
“We’re trying to get some interest in downtown and bring downtown back up to some good standards and a park is something we need in this town,” Hayes said. “We have our junction at the river, but this will be focused more in town, something more accessible to children and families and will be family-oriented.”
At Gran Jen’s downtown restaurant, several servers said a park will increase foot traffic along Commerce Street, and that should be good for business.
“Geneva, I feel like, needs more places for people to come together, and then with all the restaurants down here, I think people will come here after they’re done the park, and they can come eat,”
“Mayor hayes says he receives calls weekly from constituents from folks who say they simply don’t have places to bring their children for recreation.”
“We now have people going to Westville, Florida, to play on a playground,” he said. “We have playgrounds we can put up for people to stay in town but will make downtown great, it will.”
Once an engineering survey is done, Hayes believes he will have a better idea of how much such a downtown park will cost.