By Cindy Hoffman, Staff Writer
Evermoore Park, in heart of town, will provide special green space for all to enjoy
(May 11, 2023) Berlin is about to get a micro-park, thanks to Deborah and Michael Everett, the new owners of 1 Main Street.
The building was a bank in its former life, which began in 1889, but today it is the home to three women-owned businesses: Life’s Simple Pleasures, Dolle’s Candies and Dusty Lamb.
The facade on Main Street has a turret and historic trim work, but round the somewhat dangerous corner onto Bay Street, and there is an asphalt driveway and a drive-through window from its previous days as a bank.
That’s about to change.
Deborah Everett is the granddaughter of Milford Twilley, a Salisbury developer who built many well-known condo complexes in Ocean City, including Ocean Colony and High Point.
Twilley created a family trust that Everett is using to purchase the building.
“When we saw the (for sale) sign go up, I knew who owned it. Michael and I thought it was the key building in Berlin.”
The former owner was Michael Queen, who owned Rayne’s Reef.
“We did not want someone from out of town to buy the building. Who knows what they would do to it. We wanted to keep the building the way it was for its historic relevance,” Everett said.
“The only improvement we saw was to have a project to take away the focus of the drive through and turn it into a park,” said Everett
“The park will be for anyone in town to enjoy. We will be putting in concrete tables and benches for people to have lunch or play a game of chess or checkers.”
Michael Everett is building large planter boxes that will host banks of azaleas, Japanese boxwoods, nandina, vinca vines and annuals.
There will be a Japanese cherry tree planted to hide the telephone poll.
A large trellis with jasmine will hide the bank window.
The asphalt will remain, and Everett hopes to bring the community together to paint on the asphalt or provide sidewalk chalk so children can draw on it.
Patti Backer of Dusty Lamb will paint a large stand-alone mural of butterfly wings that will provide a background for photos.
Everett says there will be a designated entrance to the park to keep pedestrians safe.
The Everetts have chosen to name the space the Evermoore Park, to honor both of their families.
She plans to keep the building in the family for a long time. She and her husband have put it in a trust for their own grandchildren.
The Everetts expect the landscaping to be complete by the end of the month.