Operation foresight

By: Alex Hambrick Email
By: Alex Hambrick Email

Operation Foresight was created in an effort to bring consumers back to Old Town Grand Junction. For years the area suffered from infrastructure issues and was not exactly pedestrian friendly.

"Kathy Dirks, with Downtown Partnership said, "There is no question it was a difficult time for these downtown businesses, but I think now if you look at the street everyone just loves it."

The Downtown Partnership took the initiative to revamp the historic Main Street most recently in 2010.

The Main street uplift was completed in two, 6 month terms by June 2011.

Brown Cycles owner Chris Brown said, "We didn't see a bump right away economically which doesn't surprise me because we were closed for a long time." Brown went on to say. "But now a year later everything is great! We've definitely seen an increase in foot traffic from last year."

The addition of fountains, play areas, benches, street lights and sculptures was not formally celebrated at time, but has certainly enjoyed over the last year.

Officials will recognize the impact of the major improvements next weekend with the addition of a new sculpture to Main Street. The weekend also marks the 50th anniversary of Operation Foresight.

Bruce Benge of Benge's Shoes said, "Been on Main Street for 37 years and we have had the great fortune to be doing our 101st year in Grand Junction."

The festivities begin at 11 in the morning and will include; face painting, a DJ, a historical look back at Grand Junction over the years and more!

For more info visit DowntownGJ.org

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