After tearing down a dilapidated adjacent building, the Cumberland County Historical Society created the Val Himes Pocket Park, bringing welcome green space to downtown Carlisle.
It's not usual for a historical society to advocate for tearing down a building, but when that building has been stripped of all historical significance over the years, is deteriorated beyond repair, and could open up space for a much-needed park, CCHS jumped at the chance. After a generous donation and additional fundraising, the Val Himes Pocket Park was built right next door to their main building.
The Pocket Park is a welcome addition right in the heart of downtown and is home to mature trees, flowers, and benches. Since it opened in 2018, the park has been used by the community for additional space during festivals and fundraising events, such as our Farm-to-Table dinner during Halloweekend shown above, and is a respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Read more about the Cumberland County Historical Society here.