Cleaning up downtown

I want more trash cans downtown.

I want people to stop using the planters, disposing of debris.

I love our benches scattered throughout the downtown core. I have to say, I think they are a little too close to the curb.

I think we are making it hard for me and Buddy to do our people watching. Buddy, especially, finds it difficult to bark at people when cars are in his way. Plus, we are forced to sit out in the sun. I like relaxing under a store awning.

I love the Centennial Square and having lunch there. I like it when we have music in the park on summer evenings and farmer’s market once a week in the season.

I’d like to see all these activities again this summer — anyone interested in helping with that?

I like taking guests for visits to Frio, the yogurt and sandwich shop on South Sixth Street.

I like introducing my out-of-town company, and some of my in-town friends, to places like the Blue Moon, Varietal Beer Company, Co Dinn Winery, Bon Vino’s, Daniel’s Kitchen and Glez Family Restaurant, Green Olive and Snipes Mountain Brewery, and Cote Bonneville Tasting Room. And, there are so many more places I could mention except for space limitations.

There is much to commend about our downtown, but there is more which can be done to attract more visitors to the area.

Recently, the city engaged a secret shopper service to visit our town and just snoop around for a few days.

The results were presented at a public meeting which attracted a small group of local business people. I have to say the group there was impressed and are ready to get started working to spruce and dress up the city — from downtown to Yakima Valley Highway and all the outlaying business districts.

The lack of attendance was a shame, because the items which need addressing are primarily cosmetic, and some won’t cost very much to complete.

We have many very cool shops scattered all over the community. Some are destinations simply because of where they are located but are so worth the effort.

Several businesses, while having beautiful exteriors, could at least post a phone number where potential customers can make contact.

Even the tiniest adjustment like putting up permanent signage over one’s business or sweeping and cleaning one’s store entrance every day would be an improvement.

I know the high-grade sturdy rubbish barrels are expensive. I looked it up.

However, we will have more than two lonely garbage cans downtown before the Cinco de Mayo festival.

For a look at the Roger Brooks Destination presentation, visit the City of Sunnyside website where it is posted or just look it up on YouTube. It is illuminating.

By the way, a committee is forming to address the destination presentation. Call city hall and leave your name, if interested.


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