Monroe’s award-winning pocket park to get more landscaping

Monroe’s award winning pocket park downtown is the recipient of a beautification project, courtesy of Great Estates, the landscaping division of Kelly Products.

In a press release, the company announced that the landscape labor and plants will be provided at no cost to the city. The plans were approved by the Downtown Development Authority in 2015, and the company will begin installation next week. Great Estates also will provide ongoing maintenance of the space at no charge to the city.

Downtown Monroe Pocket Park. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel
Downtown Monroe Pocket Park. Photo credit: Sharon Swanepoel

Last year, Great Estates Landscaping designed and installed landscaping for a roundabout in a high traffic area in Covington.

“Well maintained and attractive landscaping not only increases property values, it conveys a pride of place that promotes development, as well as a positive perception among both residents and visitors,” Keith Kelly, president of Great Estates Landscaping said in the press release.

The pocket park is the reinvention of an abandoned parcel between two buildings in Monroe Downtown. The space was once home of a bank which later became a jewelry store. A severe storm in the mid-1990s destroyed the historic building leaving only the original safe intact.  Volunteers developed the pocket park in 2014, and it is now used for photograph sessions visits with Santa, live music, photo sessions, and hosting public art through the Sculpt Monroe project. It has already had upgrades through an Eagle Scout project won an award for Excellence in Design from the Georgia Downtown Association in 2014.

“They are redoing the landscape design of the park – adding wall planters and new vegetation around the safe. I can’t wait to see it,” said Sadie Krawczyk, Economic Development Specialist for the City of Monroe. “We love our little pocket park, and a revamping of the landscape elements is the next piece to make the park even more enjoyable for those who enjoy it!”

“As long-term residents of the region, and a member of the business community, Great Estates Landscaping is pleased to be a part of this project that will reflect the pride our businesses have for this community,” said Kelly. “We felt we could use the resources at our disposal to make a positive impact on a space used by residents on an ongoing basis.”

To find out more about the future development plans for downtown, visit

More about Great Estates Landscaping

Since 2005, Great Estates Landscaping has provided commercial landscaping services, including new installations and recurring maintenance, for retailers, schools, local government and property managers who want to make a great first impression on their visitors by enhancing the natural beauty that surrounds them. For more information, visit

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2 Comments on Monroe’s award-winning pocket park to get more landscaping

  1. Your advertisement states that Moes Southwest Grill is now open, but where is it? What is the address? And where are the new Dunkin Donuts and the other new Mexican restaurants? Thanks!!! We live in Walnut Grove, and Monroe is the closest location with restaurants when we get ready to eat out. Due to Monroe’s lack of our favorite restaurants, we often go to Covington, Loganville, or Conyers to eat. Thanks!!

    • The Moe’s is in the center at the corner of W. Spring Street and Martin Luther Kind Drive where Tokyo and Chick Fil- A is, the Dunkin Donuts is on Martin Luther King Dr. across from Longhorn’s, the new Mexican Restaurants are in the Sears Center just before you hit Xaxby’s on Martin Luther King Drive as you come into Monroe from Walnut Grove. They’re all a straight shoot down 138 if you’re coming from Walnut Grove. I hope that helps.

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