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The Main Street program is looking for your help in making downtown a little more comfortable.
The city is seeking donations to buy trash receptacles and benches. Each receptacle is $775, and the benches are $975 apiece.
“The benches and trash receptacles are all heavy-duty steel and powder coated to last for years,” Main Street Coordinator Cheri Bedford said. “They match the benches and trash receptacles that are currently in downtown.”
Donations are accepted for full or partial cost. Individuals and groups can make donations, and a bronze recognition plaque will be installed under each bench and beside each trash receptacle.
The city has applied for three Texas Capital Fund sidewalk grants as part of downtown revitalization efforts in the last few years. The state awarded two of them. The first project, completed in 2010, included benches and trash receptacles on Lamar Avenue and North Main Street. The second was finished last year on Clarksville Street, but cost more because the city had to relocate utilities underground, so funds were not available to purchase benches and trash receptacles.
Paris completed a third sidewalk last month using city funds as part of a capital improvement project that did not include benches or receptacles.
After talking with the city planner and store owners, Main Street has decided to put six benches and three trash receptacles on Clarksville Street and one on Bonham Street. A steep grade in the 100 block of Bonham makes a bench impractical for now, Bedford said.
The Main Street program has applied to the Texas Downtown Association Anice Read Fund for the purchase of more benches, but the organization will not know until November if any money will come to Paris.
Rather than wait, the Main Street Design committee has taken on fundraising for the extras, not only for those projects, Bedford said, but for any future sidewalks that may need attention.
“They felt this project was important, and a good way for others to assist with downtown revitalization, as well as honor a group or organization,” she said.
The design committee includes Amelia Frierson, Kaitlin Ammon, Helen Ressler, Heather Cody, Karie Raulston, Nancy Waldrum and Bedford.
The project will help encourage reinvestment in downtown, which has seen improvements to buildings along the new sidewalk corridors, Bedford said.
“Benches downtown will encourage people to rest and can increase additional shopping opportunities through intermittent relaxation, talking and an opportunity to absorb the aesthetic quality of downtown while relaxing outside,” she said.
Trash cans will help keep the area clean and well-maintained and tells the public the city remains committed to pedestrian activity and a convenient, safe and clean downtown area, Bedford said.
“Taken together, these amenities add to the attractiveness, safety and convenience of all those who – now or in the future – shop, work or live in the Paris downtown,” she said.
Subway owner Jeff Martin has committed to purchase one bench so far, Bedford said.
For more information, contact Cheri Bedford at 903.784.9293 or email@example.com.
By Jeff Parish, eParisExtra