'Springfield is up and coming': Program recruits sponsors for street lights
SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A city worker installed two plaques on street light posts Thursday.
One thanked McKenzie Cascade Dog Fanciers for "Helping Light Downtown."
The other recognized the Celeste Watch company.
"It's me," said Celeste Wong, the Springfield watch merchant. "I'm so happy to be part of Springfield. I'm excited about it."
The plaques are part of an effort to maintain and operated the street lights. The lights themselves have been part of the larger effort to revive downtown Springfield.
"It's exciting to come down and see everything lit up," City Councilor Marilee Woodrow said, "and be able to get here and not be concerned about where you are walking or where you're going."
That was the goal when the city moved to install the lights downtown a few years ago.
This new effort will help maintain and operate the lights. A 4-inch by 6-inch plaque is available for a $500 donation. The plaques will remain in place for the life of the pole.
Wong wanted to be a part of the program for the same reasons she wants to do business in Springfield.
"Mostly because it feels like it's the beginning of the wave that's coming," she said. "Springfield is up and coming - there's lots of new shops opening. It's an exciting time to be here."
"I know in the last 6 months we've had a cycle shop open; we've had a yoga studio open and a nail shop open," said Vahana Keene, economic development officer, "and in next 6 months we're going to see 3 new restaurants in this block alone, so it's continuing to grow and expand."