Anyone that’s familiar with Old Town Cape is probably aware that we devote a lot of time and energy to making improvements in Cape Girardeau’s beautiful downtown. But, did you know that the heart of our work is historic preservation? We made an announcement today that brings those two passions of ours together in a very big way.
If you haven’t heard by now, Old Town Cape is locked into a voting competition with 24 other communities vying for the top prize: $150,000 to improve a historic public property, provided by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express as a part of their Partners in Preservation program! We have our sights set on revitalizing Ivers Square (the recently-named park that sits beside the Common Pleas Courthouse in Downtown Cape Girardeau). Though it’s still a beautiful place, its age is starting to show. The gazebo, built in 1914, used to have a big, fantastic roof when it was used as a bandstand more than 100 years ago, but now only has a patchwork lattice structure covering the top. The fountain, a long-time staple of downtown, is overdue for some maintenance. Though Ivers Square acts as a park, it is missing the seating and landscaping of a place where people would typically like to go enjoy themselves. The site has an incredibly rich history, but nothing in place to display the stories of James Ivers and his bravery. What does all this mean? It means Ivers Square is a perfect candidate to receive funding from this program!
The bad news? Only 10 of the 25 communities will be getting $150,000 for a project. The good news? We know that the people of Cape Girardeau are a competitive bunch and will do whatever it takes to get their community to the top! That’s why we’re calling on everyone here in Cape to help vote this project into the top 10.
To vote, you can visit http://voteyourmainstreet.org/capegirardeau. Every eligible e-mail address can vote up to 5 times daily and we ask that you do exactly that! With your help, we can tell a story that deserves to be told and revitalize an important piece of our community.