This tranquil spot has a path with trees, two benches and an arbor to provide shade on warm Danville days, plus a post in the back that reads: "May peace prevail on earth." Those who have not had the opportunity to stop and relax under the arbor still have been able to enjoy the lovely little park as they pass by or use the path as a shortcut between Front Street and Hartz.
Now this mini-park will probably be undergoing a change. The Planning Commission this week approved an application to build a 2,300-square-foot retail building on the .27-acre parcel, which goes along with the town's idea to encourage retail businesses on Hartz Avenue. The new plans include a landscaped area on Church Avenue, which serves as the entrance to Bridges, and the plans designate a spot that could be used for seating in the smaller garden area.
We are sorry to see an end to this island of serenity on Hartz Avenue but we are grateful for the years of enjoyment it has provided. And we hope if the plan goes through to transform the private park to a business, that seating indeed will be included in the landscaping so it can remain a place to sit and rest in the shade.