Local group wants to hear reflections on summer plans in the city center

WACO, TX (KWTX) – If you’ve been spending time in downtown Waco this summer, you may have noticed some changes. City Center Waco has installed a temporary plaza on 7th Street and a walkway on 6th Street between Austin Avenue and the Magnolia Elevators.

The project was just for the summer, but parts of it could stay, and now City Center Waco wants comment.

The group is looking for anything people want to share about what worked well this summer and what didn’t. Feedback on the projects is already mixed.

Wendy Gragg, director of communications for City Center Waco, said there has been a lot of support for the downtown plaza, which has hosted concerts and other events this summer, including a mobile vaccination clinic. .

However, the feedback for the catwalk along 6th Street was not as positive, and it’s already going down.

City Center Waco said it was normal for the reviews to be mixed and that would help them consider future plans.

“Some of the things that we think we got or that people enjoyed, even if we don’t keep the exact thing, we just say okay, how can we do that again,” Gragg said.

Gragg said the pandemic had been difficult for people and businesses downtown, and they wanted to drive more people to the area.

“The most rewarding thing is to see such diverse groups come together in this space just to be,” Gragg said. “Whether they’re having their tarot cards read or watching a gospel concert or doing yoga, this is, this is a place Waco has been able to converge and enjoy life.”

Gragg said groups have expressed interest in holding more events in the square and are therefore in discussions with the city about retaining it.

On Wednesday, the group announced that the parking lots opened as part of the project will also remain. People will continue to be able to park for free on the fenced lot at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 6th Street, and the upper level of the Waco ISD garage will be open on weekends.

If you want to share comments on the projects, you can fill out the online surveys or send an SMS to 254-277-2679.

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