2006 brought a vision to Rapid City. Downtown needed a defining icon; an active gathering place for the entire community; a family-friendly attraction with entertainment for all ages; an outdoor venue for art, music and other events; and a critical mix of businesses for shopping and dining. The vision brought the ability to enrich the community and its visitors by offering a central gathering place that hosts a wide variety of events and activities to build a stronger Rapid City.
In 2009, a parking lot at the northeast corner of Sixth and Main streets in Downtown Rapid City was identified as the perfect location. Through a donation of a community member and match by the city, Main Street Square opened in October of 2011.
In 2014, there were 200+ events booked at Main Street Square, events like Skate Parties, Easter Egg Hunts, Concerts, Carnivals, Art Walks, Car Shows and many other celebrations. Events like this have attracted nearly 700,000 people to The Square, tripled downtown unique visitor numbers, and increased desirability of store fronts downtown, where there are now no vacancies.
The square is continually changing with visual landscapes through public art sculptures and the many community members and visitors that frequent the square daily.
In 1993 the Union Pacific donated the building to the City of Cheyenne and Laramie County, and stabilization of the building was begun a year later. Since then, the building has undergone various stages of an extensive rehabilitation project. The first floor now houses the Cheyenne Depot Museum and a brewpub/restaurant. The upper levels house offices for various city and private concerns related to tourism, economic development and the museum.
The Depot Museum and Plaza have become the cultural and entertainment hub of Downtown Cheyenne, striving to provide educational programming and weekly recurring events in conjunction with the City of Cheyenne that enrich the community. The Cheyenne Depot Museum is a private 501c(3) nonprofit organization working to maintain the National Historic Landmark structure known as the Historic Union Pacific Cheyenne Depot with 12 Board Members. They receive no City, State, or Federal operational funding, and as such rely on the support their members, event patrons, museum visitors, and contributors to help generate funding to ensure the proper care and maintenance of the building.
The Cheyenne Depot Museum Foundation is a tax exempt, non-profit foundation established to create and administer a permanent endowment for the future support and expansion of the Cheyenne Depot Museum.
Caras Park used to be under water when the river ran right up against the Historic Wilma Theatre. Over the years, it has evolved into Missoula’s premiere Town Square…a place for our community to gather for special events, a place to engage with our neighbors, a place to celebrate all that Missoula has to offer.
Events in Caras Park became a reality in the early 1980s with the Montana Rep Riverfront Summer Theatre, and the introduction of Out to Lunch in 1986. Caras park has undergone many upgrades since its opening in 1980, most of these upgrades have been funded through community donations.
In 2014, Caras Park hosted 101 events with more than 165,000 attendees in only 13 weeks of the year. The park is currently in the process of expanding those events into the winter months. In order to accomplish this, many upgrades must be made to the facilities, such as adding underground infrastructure for an ice rink and public restrooms that do not need to be winterized yearly.
Sq Miles: 3.53
Median Income: $53,750
Median Age: 42.2
Buffalo turned a local tragedy into a place where the community could gather and enjoy small town life. In 1988, the business where the square is now located caught fire. The lot sat vacant for years, until it was purchased by the city to be used as a public space.
In 2008 The Downtown Development Plan proposed improvements for this area. This plan turned a once vacant lot into a vibrant, community oriented public square. 2012 was a pivotal year for the project. Two grants from the Wyoming Business Council, plus funding from the city and the county funded the enhancement’s, included restrooms, a stage, beautiful landscaping, creative sidewalks, murals, lighting, and sculptures.
In 2014, there were 61 original events booked at Crazy Woman Square, events like Longmire Day’s, Farmer’s Markets, Oktober fest, BBQ’s, Customer appreciation dinners, weddings, family reunions, and many other events are booked with the Chamber on a daily basis. Additionally, on any given day there are adults and children enjoying the picnic tables and outdoors all day long. Each year the square continues to grow with additional sculptures, public parking, and walkways.
WHAT IS THE DAVID STREET STATION? The David Street Station is an events-driven public gathering space for our community that the Downtown Development Authority plans to begin constructing in the Spring of 2016. The plaza will be built on the South side of W. Yellowstone between David and Ash Streets. Land acquisitions will include three building and two parking lots.
WHAT WILL BE AT THE STATION? Plans for The Station include seating areas, water features with children’s play areas, performance stage, outdoor movie screen, winter ice skating rink, concession stands, observation deck, and public restrooms. Lighting, water, electricity, and sound are incorporated into the plans to allow the space to be used for community events.
HOW MUCH DO WE NEED TO RAISE? The Downtown Development Authority estimates the need to raise 8.5 million dollars, which includes all land acquisition, design, construction, and an operational endowment.
WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO? The Downtown Development Authority is charged with constructing all improvement for the plaza and will be responsible for management and maintenance of the plaza. Your support of the plaza will go directly to the capital construction or the on-going operations of David Street Station.
HOW DO I DONATE? Review our recognition options and then complete a donation form and submit it to the Downtown Development Authority with your payment.
CAN I MAKE A PLEDGE AND PAY LATER? If your donation is for $1,000 or more, we are happy to accept a pledge. Just complete our donation form to let us know when you would like to be invoiced. For donations under $1,000, we do not have a pledge option.
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE? The Downtown Development Authority is a governmental entity created by Wyoming State Statute 15-9-201 and empowered by the governing body of the City of Casper. Charitable contributions to governmental units are tax-deductible under section 170(c)(1) of the Internal Revenue Code if made for a public purpose. Please consult your tax specialist for the levels of deductibility allowed by law.
HOW WILL I BE RECOGNIZED FOR MY DONATION? Please refer to the donor recognition chart for specific donation amounts.