Citizens make suggestions for downtown Greendale

The Village Center Ad Hoc Committee recently gathered more than two dozen ideas to improve downtown Greendale.

Ideas generated by citizens in attendance included a hotel, an amphitheater, a family park and a fountain.

The ideas were discussed, analyzed and ranked by the 17-member committee tasked at collecting ideas to improve downtown Greendale.

The committee recently presented its final report to the Village Board of Trustees.

Included were 26 ideas that at least some committee members thought could improve downtown.

Those that seemed to have the most support from the committee were rerouting Greenfield Middle School traffic patterns, hiring a marketing director that focuses on improving the Village Center, a family park with water fountain and interior renovations of the hose tower, a project already being tackled by the Historical Society.

“I wouldn’t say any of them were outside the scope,” of what the committee set out to do, Village Manager Todd Michaels said. “They might push it, but the idea was, ‘What are concepts that will benefit downtown?’ One that people asked about was marketing. An idea was that someone, somewhere, somehow should be marketing downtown. Was that really something they should be talking about? They were given the task of finding what will benefit downtown and that’s one of the things they thought would benefit it.”

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