STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – From a vacant spot, to a vibrant lot. A new project in Stroudsburg is expected to attract families, nearby office workers and tourists. 

When passing the patch of land, people see..

“An eyesore,” says Julie Harter of Quench Cafe & Juice Bar.

“It looks horrible,” adds Meg Watt of Stroud Township.

There are plans to turn a 30-by-30 foot portion of the property into an interactive rain garden. Strauser Nature’s Helpers, a landscaping company, created a rendering of the project.

“It isn’t a typical park.,” explains Zech Strauser, President of Strauser Nature’s Helpers.

It’s called ‘The Stroudsburg Pocket Park’ at the corner of Quaker Alley and Sixth Street. Landscapers are planting flowers, shrubs and trees for shading. You’ll also find benches. A wall will be built on the edge of the park with some information about the project and a game for kids.

“The purpose of it is primarily to get people outside and to enjoy a space in town,” Strauser adds.

The garden will help clean and purify runoff before it reaches the Brodhead Creek.

“This actually catches it and allows it to trickle through slower,” Strauser explains.

Monroe County Commissions are deciding what to do with an old Sears Warehouse on the lot. If it’s demolished, Stroudsburg Borough plans to create parking spaces and expand the park. 

“Having a place to bring your pets to run around, children run around, it would be nice to actually have those things,” says Meg Watt of Stroud Township.

Quench Cafe and Juice Bar has a birds eye view of the lot. Chef Julie Harter is excited to see trees instead of weeds.

She says, “every little bit makes the town prettier and more inviting.”

Open space for everyone to enjoy.

This is a partnership between the Stroudsburg Borough, Monroe County Commissioners and the Brodhead Watershed Association. The groups hope to raise $15,000 dollars and the plan is to break ground this fall.