Loveable Old Town

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During its annual retreat in February 2019, City Council looked at projects that could help make Old Town more loveable for residents and visitors. The slide show presentation below shows the projects that were discussed. Council directed city staff to prepare a $30,000 budget item for 2019-20 to pay for some of the Old Town projects, and to find other funding sources for a few items such as the linear pocket park and the Main Street sound system.

 

Projects under consideration for next year's budget include

  • retractable bollards on Charles Street
  • a landscaped western entrance to Old Town
  • hopscotch and other game stencils on the Church Street sidewalk
  • decorative crosswalks
  • vacant lot gallery
  • permanent display of a set of small-scale artworks
  • a privately managed Wine Walk
  • games in Wayne Ferguson Plaza
  • a "Before I Die" public chalkboard

Link to February 2019 City Council Retreat video

June 2019:

snake 4Sidewalk games

Sidewalk games were added on sidewalk in front of Prohibition Chicken and Twister Root: Hopscotch (traditional) - Alphabet Snake - Hop Balance Jump - Mirror Me -  "Psychedelic Orb" Hopscotch - Footprints (adult, child, dog)

The intent is to solidify the connection between Church Street and the rest of the Old Town core, encourage pedestrian traffic in the Old Town district, and add a colorful splash of fun for residents and visitors. It is a kind of love note from Lewisville to people in Old Town.

David Bearden is a husband, father, artist, teacher, and resident of Lewisville, TX. Bearden has been an artist for as long as he can remember. He holds a Bachelors and Masters in art education and has taught high school art for 20 years. Bearden works mostly in acrylic, spray paint and collage these days. He believes art is communication, experimentation, power and play.
Artist Statement: "I am honored to have collaborated with Denise Helbing, Performing Arts Manager at MCL Grand Theater, and James Kunke, Community Relations & Tourism Director, on the Old Town sidewalk hopscotch project. I love Lewisville, especially all the improvements to Old Town of the last several years. I am always looking for ways to invest in our wonderful town. Watching residents young and old play the new games makes me grateful for this opportunity. Thank you to all who helped,

This is one of the first projects (along with the chalk engagement walls) from that initiative. It was one of the highest rated potential Loveable Old Town projects in an online poll of residents conducted in March. Total cost is less than $2,000 and the paint is expected to last 3-5 years with regular touchups. 

 

Man signing lifetime wall 2Community Response Art Walls

Two community response chalk walls, available outdoors near Wayne Ferguson Plaza were created with the intent to give community members a public place to voice their thoughts related to prompts given on the walls and stimulate conversation.

The first wall is a bucket-list like space, with the prompt “In my lifetime I’d like to…” This wall can be found on the grounds of City Hall, 151 W. Church Street, daily, east of the main entrance. The wall also is available at Sounds of Lewisville summer concerts and other Wayne Ferguson Plaza activities.

The other response wall, located in North Poydras Plaza, 150 W. Church Street, has the prompt of “I love Lewisville because…” This wall offers a great place for community members to list things, places, people, or activities they love about Lewisville and for visitors to get ideas of the next thing they might want to visit, attractions to check out around town, or people they may meet.

The walls were laid out and painted by Lewisville resident and artist, David Mask. Mask is a retired science and art teacher who now creates art full time in his home-studio. Mask remarked about his art and this project, “I make and share art because I think it is fun, stimulating and makes me feel alive. As an artist, my focus is to translate my daily experiences and references into my sketchbook, online, photographs, art cards or on a canvas and sometimes sculpture. Most projects start with a prototype, an experiment or a commission involving an idea, materials, timeline and a target audience; during May and June this year, my major art projects were Chalk Walls for the City of Lewisville which was definitely a project that went through all these common steps for making art.” 

March 2019:

A survey was done to find out what projects residents would like to see as part of Loveable Old Town. We received some good input, and work has started on several items.

The most popular items were a landscaped western entrance where Main and Church meet; decorative crosswalks at selected intersections; games in Wayne Ferguson Plaza; and hopscotch and other sidewalk markings on Church Street west of Charles.

Plans are developing for all four of those items. Residents and visitors should see some visible progress when they come out for Sounds of Lewisville summer concerts in June and July, with roll-out continuing through the rest of this year and into 2020.