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Arts Park will redefine downtown

Keep your eye on the Hansen Arts Park in the coming weeks. Over the next two months, a sculpture created by sculptor Owen William Fritts will take shape in the park that will help redefine the space for the public. We are looking forward to seein...

Keep your eye on the Hansen Arts Park in the coming weeks. Over the next two months, a sculpture created by sculptor Owen William Fritts will take shape in the park that will help redefine the space for the public. We are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Fritts and his volunteers will move tons of granite boulders and place long aluminum blades to create the "Prairie Grass Ballet" public art. Just imagine what that finished sculpture will look like and how it will transform the Hansen Arts Park.

The Arts Park is transforming the vacant lot where the former Orlady building once stood at First Avenue South and Second Street Southwest. The park is the result of a collaborative effort of citizens who want to redefine downtown Jamestown into a community centerpiece that led to creating the Arts Park Advisory Committee.

The goals for the Arts Park include becoming a place for the community to gather and enjoy a beautiful space, day or night. The Prairie Grass Ballet sculpture will have lighting that will give that space a new look during the evening hours.

Work still needs to be done on a concrete stage with a stage and shell with overhead cabling to serve as a canopy structure over half of the park to host theater productions, outdoor movies, short-term art displays and exhibits. The projects will start this fall and in the spring and conclude in July 2017.

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The project is an ambitious one that's received well-deserved funding. The collaborative effort for the Arts Park was awarded a $240,000 ArtPlace America grant for unique use of downtown spaces. The grants went to just 38 of 1,300 proposals nationwide in 2015.

The hope is that the park will be a driver for cultural tourism. As an anchor piece for Jamestown's downtown redevelopment, the completed Hansen Arts Park should bring a new, exciting element to the downtown area. We're looking forward to seeing the finished sculpture and all the possibilities for the park that lie ahead.

Editorials are the opinion of Jamestown Sun management and the newspaper's editorial board.

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