Posted: Jun 19, 2023 2:27 PMUpdated: Jun 19, 2023 2:28 PMUnderneath Interstate 110, wheels are turning fast. People are reluctant to use their brakes. Crashes are accepted. It's not a driver’s nightmare. The Blake Doyle Skatepark is a boarders dream. The Blake Doyle Skatepark is named after the Pensacola skater who died in 2015. Local millennials have rallied around his memory. The park’s name is a soulful reminder of the flame of youth. Blake’s memory has bolstered the entire project during a long development journey. The park is a cornerstone of the Hollice T. Williams Greenway. The revitalized space is a phoenix rising from the ashes. ‘Project Greenway’ will connect neighborhoods and emphasize outdoor fun. The substantial buzz around the skatepark has many residents eager for the next steps to begin. “You can feel the neighborhood growing, people are coming out and staying out,” says Julie Sterbough, who owns a home on 6th avenue. Lifelong resident Jon Shell assembled the team and led the design process for the park. He says that the large and open design of the skatepark makes it a unique venue. At 25,000 square feet, the park is suited for all types of skateboards, with an emphasis on speed. The layout also accommodates the most important person at the skatepark: the newcomer. Young people in the area are encouraged to try skateboarding here in the beginner areas. Even though the park opened on May 2, the first major event was “Opening Day” on June 10th, a transformative event designed to represent the diversity of Pensacola. Hosting GOATS like Andrew Reynolds at “Opening Day” is one way that Jon Shell plans to put the skatepark on the map. Doing it in a way that brings Pensacola together under its historic interstate dividing line, might just guarantee it. Check out the Blake Doyle Skatepark under Interstate 110 in Pensacola along North Hayne Street. The park is open from 10am to 10pm and there is no admission. Remember to grab your helmet. See you out there!Story By: John SjobergPhoto: Anthony Potts: WUWF Public Media
Palafox Market (South!)
Posted: Jun 19, 2023 2:19 PMUpdated: Jun 30, 2023 4:19 PMA second Palafox Market location has opened to accomodate more vendors, more customers, and more memorable Saturdays. Palafox Market South is located on the round Plaza Ferdinand on the corner of Palafox and Government streets. The Downtown Improvement Board (DIB) says that the new venue will increase the vendor count by dozens and the visitor capacity by thousands.What began as a sleepy farmer's market and idea of the DIB in 2007, Palafox Market is now a Saturday morning staple of artists, chefs, farmers, and friendly passers-by. There's room to grow. Demand for more vendor spaces made it clear that Pensacola could easily accommodate a second farmer's market. Caroline King comes to the market to discover new arts and crafts that reflect the culture and heritage of the Pensacola Bay Area. "I like to find items that are made from local materials," as she looks at a wooden flute carved from driftwood. She gets pretty excited when you mention the new market. "More vendors means more unique gifts for my friends and family!"Palafox Market South kicked off on May 15, and it will run every Saturday from 9am to 2pm. The original Palafox Market (North) is located at Martin Luther King, Jr. Plaza on Palafox between Garden and Gregory Streets.
Celebrating Pensacola's Black Owned Businesses
Posted: Feb 14, 2023 5:47 PMUpdated: Feb 14, 2023 6:15 PMFebruary is Black History Month, a month to honor the victories and struggles of African Americans throughout United States history.Black History Month originated from Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an American author and founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. The celebration was introduced as Negro History Week in 1926 in February, recognizing the birthdays of Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln. During the Black Awakening and Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, Americans became more aware of the importance of black history. By 1976, the celebration of black history expanded into a month and became nationally recognized. In honor of Black History Month, Downtown Pensacola wants to recognize a black woman owned vendor of the Palafox Market, Dacia Woodley. Robbie&China Confectionery is owned by Dacia Woodley, an artist in the kitchen. She is an Army wife and mother who fell in love with baking in the fall of 2018. After much praise from friends and family, she began her business in April 2019. At the Palafox Market, the Robbie&China Confectionery offers a wide variety of baked goods. Some favorites include macaroons, cupcakes, and cookie sandwiches, nicknamed “sammies''. Custom cakes and cookies are also available upon ordering in advance from her website. Come taste the Robbie&China confections at the Palafox Market on Saturdays from 9am-2pm. Look for vendor number 114!
Palafox Market celebrates Mardi Gras with a special Mardi Gras Market Feb. 11
Posted: Jan 25, 2023 3:42 PMUpdated: Jan 25, 2023 3:42 PMPensacola Mardi Gras and Palafox Market will collaborate for a special event to celebrate the beginning of the 2023 Mardi Gras season. On Saturday, Feb. 11 from 9am-2pm, the award-winning Palafox Market will transform into Mardi Gras Market, fully equipped with purple, green and gold celebration necessities. All 90 krewes as well as the entire community can shop for Mardi Gras-themed goods during the special market, held just one week before the Grand Mardi Gras parade marches through downtown Pensacola. Mardi Gras Market is located on Palafox Street, stretching from Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza to Garden Street. Vendors at the Mardi Gras Market will show off their celebratory creativity with Mardi Gras themed home decor, baked goods, shirts, jewelry, soaps, pet goods and more.
Palafox Market Holiday Edition—Wednesday Evenings!
Posted: Nov 17, 2022 11:15 PMUpdated: Nov 17, 2022 11:15 PMThe ever-popular Palafox Market is offering the public something entirely new for the holidays.For the first time in its 15-year history, the year-round Saturday market will add four successive Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. into the schedule. The Palafox Market Holiday Edition dates are Nov. 30, Dec. 7th, 14th and 21st.For this special holiday event, the market’s traditional three-block North Palafox site between Garden and Wright streets will be scaled down to just one block between Garden and Chase streets.Palafox Market manager Emily Kopas says more than 50 vendors have signed up for the Wednesday holiday market.Live music will add to the festivities, she adds, and the Grinch is scheduled to make a special appearance. Streetlights, holiday lights decorating the trees and lighting provided by the vendors will illuminate the market site during the dark evening hours.“This was an idea that was brought to us by a few Palafox Market vendors who wanted the opportunity to feature specific products geared toward the holidays,” says Walker Wilson, executive director of the Downtown Improvement Board. “We see this as an opportunity – just like the regular Palafox Market does on Saturdays – to bring people downtown during the middle of the week to shop the Market, then do some shopping at some of the other retail stores and also grab dinner and drinks later at a downtown restaurant or bar,” Wilson adds.