A new park just popped up in downtown Lancaster.
The Prince Street Park will have its full unveiling Friday in downtown Lancaster in part of a parking lot at 118 N. Prince St.
The temporary park will be open through Labor Day weekend next to the building where construction will begin this fall on The Surveyor Hotel, a 60-room urban boutique hotel.
The 2,300-square-foot park features Passenger Coffee Roaster’s Airstream Coffee Bar and Penny’s, an ice cream truck serving Carmen & David’s Ice Cream.
Passenger, which offers espresso and coffee drinks from a converted 1955 Airstream trailer, will open at 7 a.m. during the week and at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, with evening hours Thursday through Saturday.
Penny’s will have eight ice cream flavors including cookies and cream, milk chocolate, mint chocolate chip, Olivia's coffee, peanut butter Oreo, salted caramel, strawberry and vanilla. It will open at 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and and at noon on Saturday and Sunday.
The park’s landscaping includes planters, trees and greenery as well wooden pallets made into tiered flower boxes. There are also several benches, table seating for around 20, and a solar charging station where people can recharge electronic devices.
The park is the brainchild of Kyle Sollenberger and Crystal Weaver, who are developing the Surveyor Hotel and said they wanted to do something with the parking lot before construction began.
The hotel’s name is an homage to Andrew Ellicott, a surveyor and Lancaster resident whose historic home is directly across the street.
The paved surface of the park is painted in a black-and-white geometric pattern resembling a portion of Ellicott’s “Plan for the City of Washington,” which he drew as a completion of Pierre L’Enfant’s sketch for Washington, D.C.
Sollenberger and Weaver stressed that the park was made possible through the help of volunteers and in-kind donations and sponsorships from Benchmark Construction, RGS Associates, Bower & Branch, 2 Dudes Painting, Penn Stone, The Infantree, The Lancaster Coalition for Smart Growth, and Advanced Solar Industries.