Revitalizing downtown Springfield to bring back visitors
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS) —
Foot traffic in and around downtown is down now that summer is ending.
Now local organizations are upping their strategies to pull visitors back.
As the heart of Springfield becomes quieter, Downtown Springfield Inc. is working to pull people back to the area.
They're working on several projects amidst some restaurant grand openings.
The first, an Old State Capitol "Plaza Refresh" where they plan on adding canopy lights, brightly colored movable tables and chairs, and outdoor games to the lawns.
It's designed after big city areas and they hope this will fill downtown vacancies.
"So, we're just kind of making it a fun space where people will want to hang out,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, Executive Director to Downtown Springfield Inc. “Lots of people will want to hang out. And the more people that are there, the more lighting, the safer it will feel, the more fun it will be."
There's also two food spots opening up in the next couple of months, an Italian restaurant at 5th Street and Capitol and a high-end restaurant on 4th Street.
Downtown Springfield Inc. is already planning the holiday season with walks, shopping specials, and horse drawn carriages.
They hope the declining foot traffic will quickly escalate again.