Citywalk News for July

Ferguson celebrates “Summer Fun” is the 4th of July Festival’s Parade Theme for 2018 and it is perfect! We expect a lot of decorated floats this year with such a fun and easy theme! This year the festival will be on June 30th. The parade kicks off the celebration at 12 noon, starting at 500 S. Florissant Rd and heading north to January Wabash Park. The festival will feature live music, games, food and lots of new activities.


This year, through partnering with the City of Ferguson and Ferguson Parks and Rec, the 4th of July Festival is excited to announce a reduced rate for pool entry between 1:00 and 4:00, as well as duck races in the lazy river pool. Live music starts at 2:00 and fireworks conclude the day at 9:15. The all-volunteer committee has spent all year fundraising and planning for this one-day event and they hope you enjoy the new activities! Do you have ideas and want to get involved? The committee meets at the Ferguson Community Center the 1st Monday of each month at 6pm. The day’s schedule of activities are listed on Page 1 in this issue of the Ferguson Times.


Writing about parades, street closures and walking around downtown, brings up thoughts of walkable cities, which a number of economic groups say support a strong downtown district. A recent report by Strongtowns stated, “The first step towards encouraging the growth of small and locally owned businesses is to make roads human scaled. The goal is not to move people through your town’s retail areas, but to support the businesses in those areas. Do this by slowing down the cars…”. Ferguson Main Street and Ferguson CityWalk are working together to gather more information on becoming a more walkable city. In the weeks ahead, you will see new signs around town displaying walk times to the Plaza at 501 from different spots in town.


Friends of the Market is planning a walkable scavenger hunt in the fall and a put-put pub crawl in early 2019, all in hopes of getting people out and walking in our beautiful downtown district. FSBD and Ferguson Main Street are researching the 2013 traffic calming study that was done by the City of Ferguson. In the last five years a lot has changed and now may be a great time to reevaluate reducing Florissant Road from four-lanes to three in the downtown business district. History has shown a lane reduction slows traffic, increases foot traffic and helps increase business in the area.


Be sure and visit our new Ferguson Main Street website and sign up for a newsletter for the most up-to-the-date information on the downtown business district.


CityWalk business owners are welcome and encouraged to attend meetings of the Ferguson Special Business District Advisory Board, which meets the 2rd Thursday of the month from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Mobile Eyecare Solutions, 248 S. Florissant Rd. For more information about FSBD and how to become involved, please contact Robin Shively at 314-495-7452 or cornersframing@gmail.com.

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