JD Sheth Foundation Provides Evansville's First Pocket Park for Echo Housing

JD Sheth has partnered with Echo Housing, to provide the veterans who reside at Lucas Place 2 with a Pocket Park. This will be a small private park across the street, to give residents an area to relax outside.

Posted: Dec 2, 2021 7:20 AM
Updated: Dec 2, 2021 7:32 AM

Crews with PMG Tree Care & Landscaping Company are putting the final touches on Evansville's first-ever Pocket Park. This project stemmed from a partnership between the JD Sheth Foundation, and Echo Housing to better the mental health of formerly homeless veterans who live at Lucas Place 2.

"If you look around, there are no benches, and there are no awnings. So to have a park-like this is very important for them," says caseworker Brittany Smith

According to JDSF officials, due to COVID-19 setbacks, this project has been in the works for 2 years. They say, now that it's here, it was worth the wait. And the best part is, the construction will only take 2 days to finish.

"JD Sheth is really big on affordable housing, community revitalization, and green spaces, so when ECHO approached us to do this for the veterans we were honored too," says Founder/President Jaimie Sheth.

Currently, Lucas Park two residents only have a small space outside, and a bench out back to hang out at. Officials believe this will be beneficial for their mental health.

"To have a park like this for them to have privacy, enjoy community fellowship, and fellowship with each other is very important for them. They've been cooped up inside during this pandemic"

The Pocket-Park will have 6 benches, and 13 trees and veterans can enjoy it by the end of the week.

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