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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Main Street seeks to reinvent plaza

  • McPherson Main Street is collaborating with the city of McPherson to improve appearance and utility of Main Street Plaza.
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  • McPherson Main Street is collaborating with the city of McPherson to improve appearance and utility of Main Street Plaza.
    Ann Engel, Main Street director, met with members of the McPherson City Commission Monday to discuss options for the plaza.
    The plaza at the corner of Marlin and Main streets was donated to the city by Bank of America, but there remains some conditions under that agreement the city must follow. Engel also has been communicating with Bank of America officials on the plans for the plaza.
    Engel said a Main Street committee that has been considering improvements to the plaza has suggested more shade, seating areas and sculptures as possible new amenities for the plaza.
    “I hope the community and the people who work downtown will be able to eat outside,” Engel said. “My dream is that we would be able to have entertainment or little concerts and music to listen to.”
    Engel suggested sculptures could be incorporated into planters in the plaza, much as they are in downtown Salina and Hutchinson.
    The fountain that is at the center of the plaza has been broken for years. Parts for the fountain can no longer be ordered, and the feature it is not able to be fixed, Engel said. She said she hoped renovations to the plaza could include some other type of water feature.
    No plans are definite. Organizers still need to consider the cost of maintenance and the possibility of vandalism among other cost considerations.
    No exact cost for the project has yet been established.
    Main Street plans to raise funds for the project, so tax dollars would not need to be used.
    Engel said she hoped individuals or families would be interested in sponsoring specific sculptures or features in the plaza. These contributions could be commemorated with plaques.

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