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08/10/2008 ~ Keys Energy Services (KEYS) and the City of Key West dedicated the Gato Village Pocket Park on Friday, March 7th, at the corner of Louisa Street and Calais Lane. The 1950s-era substation on the corner of Grinnell and Angela streets was de-energized in 2005.

The park was dedicated in honor of the Gato family and the village of homes that were built in and around the site of the park to house the cigar makers who worked in the Gato Cigar Factory on Simonton Street.

KEYS removed all substation equipment, and planted native trees, added mulch, and installed a decorative perimeter fence to better blend the park into its surrounding area.

Utility Board chairman Lou Hernandez is proud to see, “KEYS and the City of Key West working together for the betterment of the community.” He added that, “this is a superb example of two public agencies working together for the benefit of both agencies’ common citizens.”

This is the fourth substation in a series of four that KEYS has turned in to Pocket Parks. Three other substations on the corners Flagler Avenue & 18th Street; Patterson Avenue & 8th Street; and Grinnell & Angela streets have already been turned into Pocket Parks.

KEYS retired these substation because they utilized outdated technology, and could not carry the electrical loads of the newer upgraded substations.

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