Point of Interest C: Ormond-Grant Park

Over the past two years there has been a lot going on at the intersection of Grant Street and Ormond Street in the southwest corner of Grant Park. We are pleased to highlight this revived area of Grant Park this year as a point of interest for the Tour of Homes. Located in this area is a newly rejuvenated park, Ormond-Grant Park. In 2015 a group was organized, the Friends of Ormond-Grant Park, to raise funds towards the improvement of the area. Since then, they have been successful in upgrading the playground equipment, sidewalk repairs, and safety railings. Currently the park is undergoing the second phase of renovations that includes an interactive rain garden south of the playground and a staircase entrance. This park is now a highlight of the Grant Park neighborhood. The Grant Park Neighborhood Association donated $5,000 in 2016 to support the renovation of the park. This is your donation at work!

Opposite of Ormond-Grant Park is another new highlight of the neighborhood, the renovated building at 332 Ormond Street. Around the year 1900, a one bay storefront building went up at this location along Ormond Street. Business at this location surely must have been booming because there were no fewer than four separate streetcar lines running from downtown along Grant, Ormond, and Cherokee Streets. While the building certainly had several uses throughout the years, it eventually sat abandoned for almost 20 years before it was purchased by Pellerin Realty. The building has been completely renovated and is now home to four businesses: Mediterranea, Laura Goddard Style, Highland Yoga, and Art-Haus.

We invite all tour-goers to please make your way to the southwest corner of Grant Park to check out this exciting, newly-renovated highlight of the neighborhood. Children of all ages can enjoy the playground at Ormond-Grant Park. While you are there swing by two of our sponsoring businesses, Laura Goddard Style and Mediterranea, to check out their renovated spaces. Mediterranea will have special hours on Saturday from 10:30am – 10pm and on Sunday from 10:30am – 5pm. Please, stop by and support our new businesses and learn a little bit about the history of the building.