As if overnight, a new “lighthouse” structure has popped up at South Park and Michigan in the Cobblestone District, directly across the street from the former Malamute (soon to be Ballyhoo). The structure is intended to be a kiosk for visitors to the area, and will one day be filled with interactive displays and handy information.
The lighthouse kiosk was made possible by Friends of the Cotter. The organization raises funds for the Cotter fireboat and the surrounding grounds – the fireboat is located in close proximity to the lighthouse and will help to guide visitors to the boat and nearby parks, restaurants and other destinations along the Buffalo River.
According to Peg Overdorf of the Valley Community Center (and all-around old First Ward community activist and visionary), “The lighthouse kiosk is an interactive historical and sightseeing information station. Funds are still being raised to create and install the displays.”
With all of the new advancements in the area, this is the perfect time to add such an amenity, seeing that the construction of Ohio Street is underway, and the kiosk is situated along a bike trail. It’s also in close proximity to kayak and canoe launches, Father Conway Park, Silo City, and a number of other landmarks that make up this fascinating historic district.