Creating community gathering places helps bring people together, while programming a wide variety of activities in those places cultivates memorable experiences for residents and visitors alike. By creating positive memories, we hope to have people return again and again to the Jamestown area and share their experiences with their friends and family.
Winter Garden Plaza was constructed in the place where the Winter Garden Theater stood after its demolition in 2010. The theater was built in 1913 and over the years had become structurally compromised and decayed. Once a space where people gathered for entertainment the site is presently a place where residents and visitors come together to enjoy special events such as concerts, farm to table dinners and outdoor movies.
Comedy Center Park, located between the rear entrance of the National Comedy Center and Chadakoin River, was converted from overgrown scrub-grass to a green space where trees were planted, and a handicapped-accessible walkway was constructed that leads down to the municipal Riverwalk.
The National Comedy Center has held movie nights and music performances here. There are plans are to add amenities such as picnic tables, a playground, and possibly a bandstand.
In 2019, the structure of Potter’s Terrace was found to be unstable. Gebbie saw this as an opportunity to not only secure the structure, but to create an attractive parklet in downtown with plenty of greenspace. Gebbie collaborated with the City, JRC, and Leaf + Stone Architecture to create a space that is attractive to potential developers and to those occupying the downtown. A ribbon cutting was held in November 2022 to celebrate the new Potter’s Terrace, and we look forward to seeing the space utilized.