ROBERTSDALE, Alabama (Nov.17, 2017) – The Baldwin County Association of Realtors® has received a $4,500 Placemaking grant from the National Association of Realtors® to help make downtown Fairhope a better place to live by transforming an unused space into vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy.
The grant is intended to help Realtor® Associations partner with others to plan, organize, implement and maintain Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper placemaking projects in their communities
BCAR will use the funds to transform the lot behind the Fairhope Library to a pocket park for the community to enjoy as well as the stop for the Walking School Bus for Fairhope Elementary. They will partner with the Baldwin County Trailblazers on the project, who administers the Walking School Bus program through coordinator Charlene Lee. Over 100 children in the Fairhope community utilize the Walking School Bus program every morning. This transformation includes seating, a kiosk for the school bus program, and a Lending Library will be installed to enhance public involvement in reading.
“Realtors® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Jennifer Foutch, BCAR’s Government Affairs Director. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that are in need of enhancement and revitalization and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state Realtor® associations to help them and their members create new public spaces and destinations in a community, like turning a parking spot into a people spot (parklet) or a vacant lot into a pocket park. Realtor® associations and their Realtor® members are actively engaged in the community and know the neighborhoods and the properties that would benefit most from these placemaking projects.
“As the Baldwin County area becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” said Foutch. “Our goal is to provide an area where Fairhope community members can gather, talk, meet people, use free city Wi-Fi, read, and just appreciate the outdoors. The Library Board has agreed to incorporate new programming for the outdoor space, which may include such things as author readings, story time, puppet shows, or an outdoor meeting place for book clubs.”
To find out more about National Association of Realtors® placemaking program visit, realtoractioncenter.org/Placemaking.