After more than two years of planning, the Broadway Plaza is now open. I hope you were able to join us last Friday evening. This fully programmable public space hosted a ribbon cutting that evening and celebration of the first Orphan Train Rider statue. After that, the Cloud Kicks Jazz Band played to the delight of several onlookers. The joyous sounds of children running through the splash pad accompanied the music. Families staked out their place on the lawn later in the evening to watch a movie hosted by Rotary.
As your economic development director, I couldn’t help but notice what else was occurring. I saw cups and containers from Gambinos, Britts, Sonic and Taco Johns. I watched as people walked back and forth from the plaza to Heavy’s and Easy G Bar and Grill. The Plaza was built to help our downtown businesses sustain and grow and the first night was a positive step in that direction.
The Broadway Plaza will continue to be programmed throughout the year, but predominately in the spring, summer and fall. If you are a business owner in Concordia, try and think about the ways you can profit from the plaza and put that in action. Every month, we will place new table tents out at restaurants in Concordia outlining the Broadway Plaza programming. If we are showing a football game on the screen, will you be offering carryout specials that day? If we are hosting the CCCC block party, will your business be advertising clothing sales on the screen that day for CCCC students? This space was built to help you and your business. Take advantage of it and the many visitors that will be visiting our downtown each year.