Our Historic Promotions Committee is currently hosting the aMAYzing places for the month of May.  We are featuring downtown businesses on our website and social media platforms so everyone can see the fabulous merchandise available downtown.  If you’re a downtown business and would like to register, please give us a call.

We still have booth space available for our 3rd Thursday Street Festival and Farmers Market.  If you are interested in participating in all four 3rd Thursday (June 20, July 18, August 15 and September 19) be sure to get registered by May 24th to get a 10% discount on booth fees.  Both registration forms are available online at www.downtownsheridan.org. Please stop by our office, call 672-8881 or visit the website for more information.

This past week, I was able to witness the signing of the project partnership agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Sheridan for the design and construction of the ecosystem restoration for Goose Creek.  This was a surreal moment for me because the Goose Creek Stream Restoration is a project near to our hearts and in which DSA has participated in two phases. Phase I began in 2007 at Kendrick Park and involved cleaning up the creekbed and adding additional aesthetic appearances to the creek and the park. To enhance the clarity of water, deep pools, riffles, runs, and glides were added. In 2011, Phase II began in South Park. Visible debris was removed along the channel to clean up the bank and remove hazards. Willow plants and boulders were incorporated into the structures to stabilize the banks while also providing long-term vegetative coverage. DSA raised more than $245,000.00 to benefit the two phases with grants from the Wyoming Wildlife and Natural Resources Trust, the MDU Foundation, Flying H Ranch, Skey Johnston Family and the many generous sponsors of our Goose Creek Polo Cup.  Thank you to present and past DSA board members, staff, and volunteers for doing all the ground work for the restoration of Goose Creek.

What makes a place downtown great? The answers will vary from person to person but the root of everyone’s answer leads to community and economic development.  DSA’s Economic Vitality committee focuses on placemaking and community development. Community development provides our citizens an opportunity to come together support their community assets while at the same time strengthening their bonds with one another and creating a place where people want to live, work, play and shop.  With this in mind, DSA is partnering with the City of Sheridan to have a Curb’d pilot program.  The goal of this program is to support local businesses, promote economic vitality and increase public open spaces in our downtown district.  To achieve our goal, we will be having a parklet at various businesses throughout the summer.  The parklet has been redesigned and it’s the size of a large SUV with flowers and seating available.  We are kicking off the Curb’d program at Luminous Brewhouse on Friday, May 24th. To measure the success of the Curb’d program, we will be gathering information through the summer and will be able to report in the fall to see how the program went.

Written By: Zoila Perry, Downtown Sheridan Association Executive Director