The Nice Bend Alive Plaza made its debut Friday night, with folks making an attempt out the brand new frequent consumption/leisure space. Forest Avenue was closed to site visitors from Important Avenue to Williams Avenue and the block turned a zone for pedestrians solely.
In preparation for Friday, newly potted vegetation had been positioned in entrance of companies and lights had been added to the bushes. At 1 p.m. Friday, the road was closed to auto site visitors. Those that entered off of Williams Avenue might additionally see the brand new mural of a World Battle II pilot by artist ARCY, which was accomplished in July as a challenge of the Barton Arts Motion.
Coming into the leisure district by way of steel arches adorned with balloons, the general public might discover tables and chairs shaded by umbrellas, foods and drinks distributors, and actions. The duo Lightfoot and Buehler offered music. Youngsters performed corn gap and different video games.
For Friday’s kickoff, folks might purchase drinks from Lumpy’s Bar and Grill and Charlie’s Place, and meals and snacks from Lumpy’s, Favor’s Flavors Shaved Ice and Alan Moeder Catering. There was additionally free bottled water.
Megan Barfield, president of the Nice Bend Chamber of Commerce, praised this new occasion created by Nice Bend Alive Inc., a non-profit offshoot of Nice Bend Financial Improvement (GBED).
“It’s superb for the group; it’s superb for the companies,” she stated. “We must always all be super-excited for this.”
GBED President Sara Hayden stated the night actions within the block might be a recurring function. “The Nice Bend Alive Plaza is simply going to maintain getting greater and higher,” she stated.
When Hayden approached the Nice Bend Metropolis Council for permission to shut the road for these occasions, she stated it was yet another step in an effort to revitalize the downtown enterprise hub.
For now, the plan is to open the leisure district on two Fridays each month. The following scheduled Nice Bend Alive Plaza is Friday, Aug. 20, from 5-8 p.m. The block closes to site visitors at 1 p.m.