Yes, you heard that correctly! You know that getting to have free outdoor concerts every Thursday night downtown on the Y-Block was a cool thing, even if you didn’t attend them all, so why not vote to make it happen again for our city?? This time our city is once again in the running for another $25,000 grant to bring free live music downtown this summer. Let’s vote!
Springfield’s page on the Levitt site has a description that is more in-depth on how the grant next time around could potentially be used, and also how things went for us this past summer. Here is a piece from that:
No one was using this block before the first year of Levitt AMP. Now people see the possibilities. Yet the block is still in its infancy, as it does not yet have full infrastructure required to become a community gathering site. The city laid AstroTurf and a concrete pad for our first year as a necessary improvement over the dirt and weeds. Success after a second-year grant would include a long-term funding plan and RFP for design that can pass muster with all of our elected officials, from alderman to Governor.
The page on the Levitt site also currently shows that we are 7th place! (The top 25 cities make it on to the next round where the Levitt Foundation selects final recipients).