64.6 Downtown is pleased to announce the opening of Garrison Commons on Tuesday, August 9, Fort Smith’s new pocket park located at 913 Garrison Ave at the base of the Vhils Native American Mural.
The park offers much-needed urban green space along the avenue. Garrison Commons will be open for the public to enjoy, and will be available to rent for private events. “Through the collaboration and partnership with local businesses and families we were able to build something quality for all of Fort Smith to enjoy,” says John McIntosh, Executive Director at 64.6 Downtown.
“The park provides a unique setting for private events as well as our curated events, including concerts in the park and movie nights.” Garrison Commons features a stage for live performances, a projector system for movie nights, and food truck service Monday through Saturday by Joe Caldarera.
Joe’s family has been serving food in Fort Smith since 1893 when his grandfather, Salvatore Caldarera became one of Fort Smith’s most prominent Italian immigrants operating businesses such as fresh produce stands, confectionaries, a meat market and restaurant. Says Caldarera, “I am pleased to announce that my great grandfather, Salvatore Caldarera, will be returning to Garrison Avenue.
Many of his offspring have proudly continued in the hospitality business over the last 125 years. The Salvatore’s menu at Garrison Commons will feature rustic Italian food. Our main focus will be to use simple & quality ingredients and offer them at reasonable prices. We will also offer rotating weekly menu specials.”
Garrison Commons is a privately funded park, relying on generous contributions from Propak Corporation, Studio 6, Sharum Nursery, OG&E, Pinnacle Communications, Forsgren, Phillip Beauchamp, Kevin Hickey and Family, Rheem, Bud Jackson, UPack, Maxey Signs, Daniel Keeley Designs and King Irrigation. The park will be available to rent for private events beginning September 1. For rental inquiries, please contact email@example.com.