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04/07/2004 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and the City of Key West proudly announce the dedication of the Grinnell Street Pocket Park on Tuesday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m. The 1950s substation on the corner of Grinnell and Angela streets was de-energized in July 2003.

KEYS removed all of the substation equipment, and with the help of the local neighborhood association planted native fruit trees, added sod and mulch, and installed a decorative perimeter fence to better blend the park into its surrounding area.

“The neighbors have really helped us turn this former substation site into a model Pocket Park for the entire community to enjoy,” said Randy Roberts, fleets/facilities supervisor.

In addition to the native fruit trees and landscaping, this will be KEYS first Pocket Park to feature artistic sculptures on a 6-month rotating basis from the recent Art in the Park exhibition.

The Grinnell Street Pocket Park will feature two sculptures, “Openings” by Larry Estridge of Key West and “Human Situations II” by Cecilia Lueza of Miami, Florida. The Pocket Park on the corner of Flagler Avenue and 18th Street will feature a sculpture entitled “Viking” by Tim Marshal from Key West.

This is the third substation in a series of four that KEYS will lease to the City of Key West to establish Pocket Parks. Two other substations on 18th and 8th streets have already been turned into Pocket Parks. The fourth substation is located on Louisa Street and is projected to be removed and converted into a Pocket Park in 2005.

KEYS is retiring these substations because they are older, utilize outdated technology, and they can not carry the electrical loads of the newer upgraded substations.

“With the increase in electricity that customers are using today, the loads are a lot different than they were 50 years ago when these substations were put in,” explained Dale Finigan, director of engineering and control center.

By retiring the smaller 4,160 kilovolt substations and upgrading to 13,800 kilovolt substations and lines, KEYS can increase feeder load carrying capacity, decrease the line losses by 91%, improve voltage regulation, and generally improve reliability to customers. The utility will also save $250,000 a year in reduced line losses when all of the substations have been retired.

Keys residents are invited to attend the Pocket Park dedication on Tuesday, April 13th at 3:00 p.m. at the corner of Grinnell and Angela streets.

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