One Salisbury: Looks matter when it comes to courthouse

Brad Gillis reached out to some local companies -- specifically, Shorecut Lawn Care, Woodland Nursery and Quantico Creek Sod Farm -- to make improvements to the Courthouse lawn.

Brad Gillis reached out to some local companies — specifically, Shorecut Lawn Care, Woodland Nursery and Quantico Creek Sod Farm — to make improvements to the Courthouse lawn.

After years and years of benign neglect, Wicomico County’s Historic Courthouse, in the heart of Downtown Salisbury, now has a front lawn worthy of being looked at. And walked on. And appreciated.

A few weeks ago, local Realtor, entrepreneur, and community activist Bradley Gillis helped coordinate a seemingly obvious improvement that needed to be made to the awful front lawn that stood sentry over one of Salisbury’s most famous buildings.

The lawn was hideous. There’s no other way to put it.

There was very little grass. It was an eyesore.

Sitting in front of a building that’s recently been in the news — because it needs MAJOR renovations that are going to cost a minimum of $4 million — the lawn was screaming for attention.

Fortunately, it got some.

Gillis reached out to some local companies — specifically, Shorecut Lawn Care, Woodland Nursery, and Quantico Creek Sod Farm.

In coordination with Wicomico County government officials, notably County Executive Rick Pollitt, the ugly duckling of a front lawn became — a beautiful swan.

This past spring, I asked for — and got — a meeting with Pollitt to discuss some ideas I had about the Courthouse, its upcoming renovation, and the neglected front lawn. Obviously, others did too!

And that’s the great part about this and so many other great ideas in Salisbury: If you think it, and it makes sense, it can happen. It’s not rocket science.

You identify a need. You find the right person or people to talk to — and then you get it done.

That neglected front lawn had stood as a testament to inaction.

And now? Well, just look at it: It’s beautiful, and lush.

It’s growing and taking root each day, as if saying to all who pass by: “This is what’s possible.”

Mike Dunn operates the One Salisbury website at www.OneSalisbury.com.

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