One brainstorming group lists recent big changes downtown, such as the creation of the Village Green.
One brainstorming group lists recent big changes downtown, such as the creation of the Village Green.

   What if Ripon turned the space where two buildings burned into a wooded pocket park?

   What if each block of Watson Street had something special added to give it a “wow” factor?

   And what if, one day in the future, downtown curbs were removed and the street was sloped to the middle, thereby eliminating steps into most buildings and creating a better space for festivals to be held?

   These were among the ideas pitched over a two-day brainstorming session held last week.

   Consultants visited to help identify and prioritize short-term and long-term streetscape improvements for downtown Ripon.

   Over the course of a Thursday evening session and a Friday afternoon wrap-up talk, Jay Schlinsog of Downtown Professionals Network and Michael Schroeder of Schroeder Designs offered a series of suggestions rooted in ideas generated by Riponites.

   But, as the consultants explained during the session at Bovay’s Study Bar & Mercantile, this wasn’t meant to suggest Ripon’s downtown is in dire straits.

Read the full story in the May 3, 2018 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.