The Brazil mini park at the corner of U.S. 40 and S.R. 59 got a new gazebo last week. The project was spearheaded by Brazil's Women of Vision.
Jan Stapp and Vickie Mace, Co-chairs of Women of Vision, said funding for most of the organizations projects comes from their annual garden tour and contributions from private citizens and businesses.
The gazebo project was given a big boost by a $1,000 donation from the Clay Civic Memorial Foundation. Also, Earl Michels, of Backyard Leisure out of Terre Haute, offered the gazebo at cost with no delivery charge.
"We're just trying to beautify downtown Brazil," Stapp said. "We still want to get park benches here and we're going to have a stamp-crete slab poured for the benches to set on. Then we hope to make a concrete block walkway."
Stapp said they're getting utilities at the little park that will brighten it up and help maintain it.
"We got water access about a month ago," she said. "That will make it easier to take care of the plants next spring. And electricity is being hooked up. We'll be able to have Christmas lighting in the park."
Stapp and Mace will decorate the gazebo with Christmas trimmings to start the holiday season.
In the future, Women of Vision plan to get iron fencing and some historic lamp posts to complete the pocket park project. Besides the park, they also provide and maintain large, potted, live flower displays throughout town on U.S. 40 each spring and summer.
Anyone interested in donating to the Women of Vision to help beautify downtown Brazil may contact Stapp at 442-1423 or Mace at 443-1844.