Pensacola News Journal:

The first of two early learning components built into downtown Pensacola’s outdoor environment should commence a few weeks after the start of the new year.

Miller Caldwell III, a partner at architectural firm Caldwell Associates, said workers should finish constructing the early learning garden at The Bodacious Brew Thru before the end of January. Caldwell Associates purposefully designed the garden with elements to stimulate children’s cognitive development such as a wooden log course adorned with numbers and letters and vegetation to support the migration of monarch butterflies through the city.

The firm released an updated rendering this week of the project. When completed the garden will span more than 2,000 square feet. The designers hope for it to serve as a conversation initiator between parents and children at the drive-thru and walk-up coffee shop, which opens Tuesday on the corner of Baylen and Main streets.

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