Downtown Trash ReceptacleGreat things are happening. If you haven’t had a chance to see the prototype of the new trash receptacles, we encourage you to step downtown to the corner of 4th Avenue and Pine Street and check it out. Local company, J. Dub’s, has created a beautiful, unique, strong, and functional piece of art that will replace the current green receptacles. It is exciting to know that Ellensburg will have receptacles that are distinct, fit in with the downtown, and made locally.

On Monday, the council gave their support of the design and we will now begin the process of fundraising to leverage what the city is able to contribute to the project. This phased project will also include new planters and benches to complete the street furniture project. Pedestrian amenities such as these are essential to continuing to enhance our downtown.

Also at the council meeting, we received support to utilize Rotary Pavilion to host the 2nd annual Ellensburg Rodeo Hoedown in the Downtown featuring The Dusty 45s on Aug. 30. This has quickly become an annual tradition and a great part of Rodeo weekend.

Buskers in the Burg applications are starting to come in. What’s a busker you ask? A busker is a street performer and we’re in search of musicians, jugglers, performance artists, and others who want to make a Ben Franklin, plus tips.

The EDA is excited to officially announce that we have confirmed Star Anna and the Laughing Dogs to perform at the Busker’s evening concert on Sept. 29. Visit BuskersintheBurg.com to learn more about the event and busking.

If you haven’t visited ellensburgdowntown.org lately, then you’ve been missing out on the new site. Earlier this month, we unveiled the new site for downtown. It’s full of shopping, dining, and visiting information, as well as information about getting involved in the EDA and our great projects. We’re still getting all of the data into the site and once completed, it will be a great resource for marketing downtown.

Next week is an Ellensburg favorite with Jazz in the Valley. Great music fills downtown venues and we appreciate all of the volunteers who help make this happen. So get out, enjoy the music, and enjoy your downtown.

As seen in the Daily Record, July 19, 2012