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MMS&B starts fundraising project to add benches, more foot traffic

Mitchell Main Street & Beyond announces a fundraising project to add benches and increase foot traffic in Mitchell’s historic downtown district.

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MMS&B launched The Bench Project: Sit and Relax in September. The project is part of the Mitchell Downtown Streetscape Plan, which was revealed in July.

The Downtown Streetscape Plan is a comprehensive plan to revitalize Mitchell’s downtown district. Key features include beautifying the downtown district, creating walking space for visitors and residents and developing a place where the public can gather and enjoy community resources.

Molly Goldsmith  “The Bench Project builds on the recently announced Downtown Streetscape Plan. This is the first implementation of the plan and another occasion to revitalize our downtown district,” said Molly Goldsmith, executive director of MMS&B. “By allowing people the opportunity to sit and relax in our downtown, they will be able to enjoy the community-oriented space.”

Twenty benches will be placed in downtown Mitchell. There will be four benches per block from First Avenue to Sixth Avenue.

Each bench costs $850. Donations can be given for the entire cost of a bench, or in smaller increments. Benches also can be purchased as a memorial.

“Benches are a great way to memorialize your loved ones or to recognize longstanding businesses in the community,” Goldsmith said. “Memorials such as these recognize the past influences on the community and preserve them for the future.”

Allowing the public to make donations or create a memorial instills a sense of community pride and ownership, as well, Goldsmith said.

Donations to the project can be made online at MMS&B’s website, or mailed to Mitchell Main Street & Beyond, 400 N. Main St., Ste. 202, Mitchell, S.D., 57301.

-Source: Mitchell Main Street & Beyond