MEDIA ALERT 10.30.20

Danny Lipford, home improvement expert, TV host and Marianna native, is bringing his national television show, “Today’s Homeowner” to film in his hometown December 5-10, 2020. Lipford and his crew will clean up a downtown area damaged by Hurricane Michael in 2018, and convert it into a community “pocket park” with the help of local community volunteers. His production team will film the project for a special 2-part episode of “Today’s Homeowner” which will air in early 2021.

Lipford has been working closely with Marianna architect Paul Donofro to develop a final plan for the park’s design, which he is pleased to present and release today. Key features of the park include: Arched entry with signage, raised beds and planters with landscaping, octagonal picnic table-style seating, children’s seating, additional bench seating, sailcloth shades, a stage, café lighting and accent lighting to highlight the existing mural. The official name of the park will be determined in the next several weeks.

Danny Lipford with Victor Vickery, Paul Donofro and Mickey Gilmore surveying the project site and discussing plans.
Lipford is excited to announce two volunteers who have accepted leadership roles for the project: Theresa Vickery will serve as Landscape Coordinator and Victor Vickery will serve as Construction Coordinator. This husband and wife duo will organize volunteers who wish to help in these areas of the overall park project. Special thanks to these two for stepping up to help in this important way!
Every day we are hearing from members of the Marianna and surrounding communities who want to be part of this project! If you or someone you know would like to help, please head over to and complete the volunteer registration form. In order to plan accurately for each workday, it is vital that anyone wishing to help completes the form and registers as an official volunteer.
Today's Homeowner Producer, Marc Ingram, and Director of Photography, Brad Rodgers, review drone footage of the "before" project site for the TV episode.
Several people have inquired about donating toward the Pocket Park project. We are accepting financial donations as well as project supplies and materials. Currently, we're searching for an area nursery to provide trees and other plants for the park. Anyone wishing to make a financial donation toward the project for park construction and maintenance may send a check payable to the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce. Please note “pocket park” on your check, and mail your donation to:
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
Attn: Pocket Park
P. O. Box 130
Marianna, FL 32447

If you would like to donate materials or supplies, please contact Stephanie Greenwood at Today’s Homeowner:; 251.478.3345 x110. Donors will be recognized at the Thursday night celebration event, and on social media. Here is a partial list of needed items:
  • Bottled water, soft drinks, Gatorade
  • Lunch for volunteers
  • Snacks for volunteers
  • Stain for picnic tables, benches and planters
  • Variety of trees, shrubs and other plants
  • Mulch

High-res images found in this email, along with the Pocket Park plan and other photos are available for use and download. Click the button below!
Stephanie Greenwood
VP of PR, Marketing & Digital     
O: 251.478.3345 x110  M: 251.401.7535        

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