A new fire pit is warming up visitors and creating a cozy atmosphere in Downtown Jackson. The City of Jackson recently completed its installation of fire pit in Bucky Harris Park, which is located in the heart of downtown at the corner of W. Michigan Avenue and N. Jackson Street.
The circular fire pit provides a new focal point for the park, replacing a defunct ornamental foundation. All downtown visitors have to do to enjoy this new feature is press a button on a nearby starter post and the fire pit comes to life, igniting a ring of fire powered by gas. The fire burns for 20 minutes until a new cycle is started. Fire pit revelers are protected from the flames. The blaze is contained in an elevated brick fire pit and is capped with a metal mesh dome to keep out trash, animals, and people. There’s also an emergency shut off button on the starter post.
The fire pit is sure to be a hit during cold-weather events in Downtown Jackson, such as the annual Christmas parade and Eve on the Ave. The Parks and Recreation Department has been adding new features to downtown parks over the past year to offer more activities for visitors. Across the street from Bucky Harris Park is Horace Blackman Park, where seesaw equipment and interactive chimes were added last summer. Parks and Recreation Director Kelli Hoover says she anticipates the fire pit will become a gathering place for downtown visitors during cold weather. “We are seeing lots of new businesses and events coming to the downtown area. It’s important for the City to add new attractions in our downtown parks to add to the experience of spending time in the area,” Hoover said.
Public bathrooms were also constructed in Bucky Harris Park over the past year. Later this spring, a swing, similar to a porch swing, will be added to the park.