Later this week, you'll notice a familiar face back in Market Square. That's when the Square's handsome landmark clock makes a timely return as workers open more space to the public. In case you're wondering, the clock will be standing in the exact spot as it did in the old Square, just around the place where Forbes and Market streets used to cross paths. Sometimes, it's really true that the more things change the more they stay the same.
It's also a good time to check out some colorful new changes in the Square. We want to thank the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy for hanging all those beautiful baskets of red and white flowers from lamp posts in the Square. In addition to their many community garden and greenspace projects, WPC preserves our natural landscapes and maintains and operates Frak Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater. Be sure to keep an eye open for more floral finery in Market Square from WPC in the days ahead.
Okay, maybe you noticed something else. Just about every day, more and more of the yellow caution tape disappears. That means more of the Square is open for everyone to roam around in. Now, our insiders on the construction crews are telling us that by the end of next week, nearly every square inch of the Square will be ready for public use. Let's keep our fingers crossed and our walking shoes ready for that.
Of course, all that open space means that people will want to find their favorite spots in the new Square. In case you're wondering, we'll be busy placing more table and chairs so that just about everyone can find a place that "sits" well with them when they visit the Square.
One thing that won't be changing this week is the Farmers Market and Free Noontime Concerts scheduled for this Thursday. Each week brings more great food, flowers and tunes to the Square. And this Friday's KidsPlay program features Gold's Gym to help kids "Know Their Own Strength."
So let's synchronize our watches to be there in the Square this week to turn back time for the clock's comeback — and hours of fun for years to come.