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City installs hammock park overlooking Chattahoochee River

These poles can be used for setting up hammocks at Woodruff Park. Shade trees are expected to be planted later.
These poles can be used for setting up hammocks at Woodruff Park. Shade trees are expected to be planted later. Ledger-Enquirer

A new pocket park has been installed for lounging on hammocks, chatting with friends and looking over the river.

The project was funded through a grant from the 2016 Knight Cities Challenge.

The park, located at Woodruff Park next to the Dillingham Street bridge, is composed of eight wooden posts with hooks for stringing up hammocks. At least eight people can use the area at once, and perhaps more if tension straps are used instead of the hooks.

“I want to get some trees donated to plant out there for shade, but people can go out and string hammocks up right now. It’s open,” said Logan Kipp from the Columbus planning department.

Former Columbus city planner Phillip Trocquet won a $4,400 grant from the Knight Foundation to build the park, which he called an “urban glen.” Uptown Columbus helped planners find a good spot to create the park, offered the land to do so, and will maintain the park in the future.

“This is all about people finding ways to improve their community, finding places where people can come together, and to attract talent, create opportunity and engagement,” said Betsy Covington, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of the Chattahoochee Valley, which worked with the Knight Foundation to host the Knight Cities Challenge in Columbus. “The idea of the hammocks was just to come up with a place where people can appreciate nature, being together, and a little bit of art. And I think it’s so cool.”

There are plans to further develop the site, which may include installing permanent hammocks or the possibility of renting and purchasing them from downtown businesses.

“We’re still trying to figure some things out,” Kipp said.

Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE

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