Hall County is ponying up $50,000 to support a redesign of Roosevelt Square in downtown Gainesville, which will be complete by a Dec. 8 dedication.
In addition to giving the public area a fresh look, city officials hope renovations will draw community events and group activities such as yoga, concerts, fashion shows and student meetings.
The square, nestled between City Hall, an administration building, the federal courthouse and the Brenau Downtown Center, is named after former President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
He visited Gainesville to deliver an impassioned speech about revitalizing the city following a deadly tornado in 1936.
A 16-ton monument recognizing the sacrifice of public safety workers has already been placed at the square, which will be part of an elaborate water feature.
The square was largely hardscape before being dug up. Additional trees, vegetation and better connectivity between the pedestrian bridge, the square and downtown Gainesville are priorities of the redesign.
The roughly $1 million project will also include additional accessibility for disabled people, a bio-retention area for drainage and other environmental conservation measures.