City considers allowing fall pumpkin patch in Peavine Alley downtown

A bin of harvested pumpkins is seen at the Soergel farm store in Wexford, Pa. Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2008. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A pumpkin patch in the middle of downtown Morristown could soon become a reality.

Heather Blackmon Brooks, director of downtown development for the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, told the Morristown City Council recently there are plans to try and have a pumpkin patch during the month of October in Peavine Alley.

“This pumpkin patch will be something just there for the month of October,” Blackmon Brooks said. “It will create a fall atmosphere. It will give another reason for people to come downtown.”

Blackmon Brooks spoke to the council on Tuesday during a work session about the plans in order to inform councilmembers that part of the alley may be closed during that month.

She said she had spoken to several downtown business owners and they were receptive to the idea.

She said the pumpkin patch would give people a reason to come downtown and shop, while also taking photo ops at the pumpkin patch.

“I’ve seen this done at other downtown and Main Street areas and they’ve gone really well,” Blackmon Brooks said.

She said she thought Peavine Alley was the perfect location because it had overhead lights and was easily able to close part of the alleyway and still leave parking for business owners.

“We’re not actually talking about shutting down the entire road of Peavine Alley roadway,” she said.

Blackmon Brooks said the pumpkin patch would create a fall atmosphere that could give the public an opportunity to stroll through during the day or night. She said the pumpkins would be refreshed throughout the month.

She also presented a letter to council of downtown business owners who had signed a letter in support of the event.

Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney asked if it would have to be secured during the night while businesses are closed.

Blackmon Brooks said there are cameras in the area and that signage would be placed saying that the area is under surveillance.

The pumpkin patch could possibly consist of pumpkins, hay bales and corn stalks.

The council will vote on the road closure of Peavine Alley during its next meeting on Sept. 21.