GREEN RIVER — On June 29th at 6:00 p.m. the City of Green River will host a ribbon cutting for the renovated Clock Tower Plaza in Downtown Green River. This project was a renovation of the existing Clock Tower Plaza that was originally constructed in 1982.
The project was funded through a partnership between the Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Main Street, the Green River URA/Main Street Agency and the City of Green River. The City of Green River received a Community Enhancement Grant in the amount of $162,500.00 which required a match in the same amount. Wyoming Main Street contributed a total of $47,500.00 through their Technical Assistance grants that Certified Main Street communities are eligible to apply for, and the City of Green River and the URA/Main Street Agency provided the balance.
The Mission of the Green River URA/Main Street Agency is to create a vibrant downtown and riverfront that is attractive and encourages economic development while preserving the historical character.
“By redeveloping an existing space, we are promoting investment in the downtown and leading by example. The existing space was very closed off, uninviting and was rarely used. The new space is open, inviting, and has a water feature that people are drawn to. It also has a stage area, plenty of electricity (which the previous space did NOT have), and sound running through speakers on the lamp posts. This will be a great event space for smaller functions. We foresee activating the space through partnerships with the Sweetwater County Library system, i.e. story-time, poetry jams, and other small performances. Partnering with the Sweetwater County Museum, which is right next door, will be an opportunity for some culturally relevant education and activities. It’s also a nice gathering space that could even be used for weddings,” Jennie Melvin, Executive Director Green River URA/Main Street Agency said.
The new Clock Tower looks fantastic and really represents the “theme” of the downtown. The benches and trash receptacles all carry that same theme and it really makes a difference.
The Green River URA/Main Street Agency provides the flowers that are downtown along with the watering and other maintenance, but the public should know that the Mayor, Pete Rust, wanted hanging flower baskets in the Clock Tower Plaza, so he purchased them out of his own personal pocket.
“We would love to see more public/private partnering in beautifying our downtown, as well as the rest of the community,” Melvin said.