Press-Republican

July 2, 2014

Downtown Visitors Center revs up

DAN HEATH
Press-Republican

PLATTSBURGH — The 30 City Downtown Community and Visitors Center will serve as the start and finish for a historical trail under development for the city.

Association members have tackled that project, so far identifying about 65 sites where they plan to install markers made possible with a $15,000 grant.

They hope to have those in place by the Battle of Plattsburgh commemoration later this year.

“It seems like a perfect spot to feed people out to downtown from here,” association President Colin Read said during the group’s recent meeting, held at the center.

‘WELCOMING PLACE’

The facility, at 30 City Hall Place across from Trinity Park, opened for the first time during the June First Weekends celebration.

Volunteers are still setting up display racks for brochures and other informational publications.

“It’s still a work in progress,” Read said.

The center features new hardwood floors and multiple windows offering views of Trinity Park and Macdonough Monument.

Artwork from Plattsburgh State Art Museum is on display and will change periodically.

“We wanted to have a real welcoming place for people to find out about downtown,” Read said. “The whole idea is to get visitors downtown.”

He said the space is available for events such as public forums, historical talks, artists opening and even possibly film series.

They are still looking for volunteers to help staff the center, with plans to have it open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

It is operated in a collaboration among the Downtown Association, First Weekends and the Plattsburgh Renewal project.

ART WALK

At the Downtown Association meeting, Tim McCormick of First Weekends Inc. said the popular Art Walk will return for the July event, scheduled for this Friday and Saturday.

The walk will begin after the city’s Fourth of July parade, with art on exhibit at downtown businesses.

He said a number of businesses have already signed up.

“Our goal is to get people walking around downtown,” he said.

They are also looking for additional sponsors for First Weekend events. Prices are based on the number of employees at the business and cover promotion of the participating business throughout this year’s events.

For more information about the upcoming First Weekends events, visit the Facebook page.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

VISITORS CENTER FUNDRAISERS

The Plattsburgh Downtown Association will hold a raffle and silent auction during the First Weekends festivities for July to raise money for future endeavors.

Tickets will be available at the new Visitors Center at 30 City Hall Place.

Those who would like to donate prizes are asked to contact plattsburghdowntownassociation@gmail.com.

Business owners who want to sign up as a location for this weekend's First Weekends Art Walk should email: firstweekendsplattsburgh@gmail.com.