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Vidalia's Downtown City Park

Among the long-term work activities included in their 2009 comprehensive plan was the stated desire to support and expand the promotion of community events, including those associated with the Vidalia Onion Festival. A broader activity in that same work program called for seeking funding for public space improvements. Both of these have been realized in the development of the new Downtown Vidalia City Park. This park also addresses several items in the Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission regional plan, especially the items dealing with supporting and enhancing local tourism efforts and supporting downtown revitalization efforts throughout the region.

The City razed the old Police Department building located behind City Hall, and created the Downtown Vidalia City Park. This is a one-half acre passive park consisting of an outdoor stage, Vidalia Onion Fountain, picnic tables and benches, green space, and 75 landscaped parking spaces adjacent to Vidalia’s historic downtown. The new park will be an attractive community gathering place for visitors and shoppers, and has already served as the location of a street dance and other activities during the 2014 Vidalia Onion Festival. Other events held there include a local hospice-sponsored fall music festival each September, the annual Fall Festival/Trick or Treating, and a monthly car show/Cruise-In event, with more events being planned for Christmas, Easter, and other times year round.

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