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Dedication ceremony May 1 for The Brooksville Common

Tribune staff

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A dedication ceremony for The Brooksville Common will take place at 10:45 a.m. on May 1.

Designed as both an outdoor gathering place for celebrating significant events and a peaceful setting for quiet meditation, The Brooksville Common under construction at 105 S. Broad St. is a $240,000 community revitalization project.

The Brooksville Common is a garden-like space nestled between the buildings of the busy downtown area near the county courthouse. The perimeter is marked by six oak trees, each representing a timeless issue of concern to the community.

Two works of art are prominent features within the surrounding white picket fence. One, by noted sculptor James Oleson, is a massive metal 10-foot high by 10-foot wide Tree of Life from which flows a stream of Living Waters into a stacked rock well. The other is a lighted replica of the Ten Commandments crafted out of weathered rock by the Rev. Gene Hering and mounted on a stacked stone foundation suggesting Mt. Sinai where Moses received the tablets from God.

Half a dozen concrete tables and benches will be placed at the back where a a raised and covered pavilion stands. In the middle of The Common, stretching from the opening in the 2-foot high wall along the front of the lot to the pavilion in back, are memorial pavers placed on the “floor” so as to form a cross.

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