By Bonnie Culverhouse
A group calling themselves “Boots on the Boulevard” is looking to beautify Minden before Spring events bring visitors to the area.
“We have the big archery event coming in April,” Mayor Terry Gardner said. “We want to get this done before then and before HGTV televises and tourists start coming here.”
April 21-24, 2022 is the target date for Camp Minden to host the McKenzie Archery Shooters Association Pro/Am Tour and HGTV has only given a hint of Spring – possibly early May – when they will show Minden’s Kick Start episode.
Around 15 local community leaders and business owners gathered at the Greater Minden Chamber of Commerce office Tuesday to discuss ideas for making downtown Minden more appealing.
“We are going to work specifically on Jacqueline Park’s gazebo and Depot Hill,” said the mayor. “Speer Roofing is going to donate the work to replace the roof on the gazebo. Right now, we are cutting dead limbs and replacing some of the trees. Then, we are planning to put a ‘welcome’ sign one the concrete spot where the (Confederate) soldier used to be down by the railroad tracks.”
Sponsorships are being sold to fund the projects. Top sponsorship, called BrickTown – $1,000 – will feature a brick with a name etched on it that will be permanently placed near the Jacqueline Park gazebo. This sponsorship includes a logo on a tee shirt. They will also receive a Facebook mention, name on a banner and 10 free tee shirts.
The Boulevard sponsorship – $500 – receives a logo on tee shirt, Facebook mention, name on banner and 5 free tee shirts.
Garden sponsorship – $250 – includes name on tee shirt, Facebook mention and 2 free tee shirts.
Finally, Friend of Minden sponsorship – $100 – receives name on tee shirt and Facebook mention.
On Friday, April 8, there will be an unveiling of the projects, along with lunch provided by Republic Services.
Any person or business interested in a sponsorship, may call Mayor Terry Gardner at Minden City Hall, 377-2144 or see the form below.
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