Placemaking Comes to Northeast Wyoming

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“How do we encourage people to linger in our downtowns?” – Chad Banks, Rock Springs Main Street

The Wyoming Business Council has launched the “Placemaking” initiative. Its purpose is creating public spaces where people feel comfortable just hanging out, which the WBC sees as a huge piece of community building. Now an important step in bringing Placemaking projects to Northeast Wyoming’s towns is happening.

An essential part of the program is finding out what business owners, property owners, and community members want for their cities. Each Placemaking project is then tailored to different locales in Wyoming that have workshopped what they need for their towns.

For instance, in Rawlins, there’s a public “Kid’s Korner” where children can play at the “music wall” — a fence full of pots, pans, chimes, and other homemade instruments. Guernsey created a giant checkers board in one of their parks. Many other cities have painted murals, and Laramie has created a “garden wall,” where they’re growing produce vertically.

The workshop for all of Northeast Wyoming is in Gillette on Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. The three hour session would outline what towns in our corner of the state would need to do to begin building public places that would deepen ties to our communities. Once the workshop is completed, you are eligible for a Wyoming Business Council micro grant to make your Placemaking project happen.

“[The Placemaking workshop] is valuable to Gillette and Campbell County because it allows the community to come together and identify projects they feel could have a positive impact using our existing assets to the benefit of not only our residents but also visitors to Campbell County,” Gillette Main Street says. “With tourism being the #2 industry in Wyoming, we need to capitalize on each opportunity to increase income generating activities.”

If you’re interested, the cost is free. Sign up by emailing [email protected].

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