Safari Legacy at The Dalles

The Dalles Main Street Program supports Downtown The Dalles as a great place for locals and visitors alike to spend time and do business!  The Dalles downtown has a lot to offer from business services to restaurants to retail stores.

The Dalles, Oregon

The downtown area is also a recognized Historic Commercial District by the National Register of Historic Places.  There are several murals that can be found on various downtown buildings which add color and history to the area.  There is lots to see during a leisurely stroll through Historic Downtown The Dalles! Come visit!

 Check out what’s happening in town below.

Jammin’ July is in less than two weeks!

The Dalles Main Street volunteers have been hard at work getting ready for this year’s Jammin July StreetFest, and there are going to be some great new things to do. Here are some highlights, and mroe is coming!

Jammin July 2014 Poster CaptureFurry Fun Zone: Dog Agility and Derby

Kidz Zone and Sidewalk Art

Four Music Stages

Oregon Karaoke Challenge Qualifier

Beer and Wine Garden

60 Vendors

The Dalles’ Parklet on National Mainstreet’s Blog

The National Mainstreet program did a spotlight on The Dalles Mainstreet Parklet. Check out the blurb:

The Design Committee of The Dalles Main Street Program in Oregon raised money through a crowdfunding web service to bring a public “parklet” to their downtown. This parklet, a seasonal extension of the sidewalk, provides outdoor seating, flowers, landscaping, and benches in the public right-of-way. The above images show the construction of the parklet and the ribbon cutting on May 14.

Check it out on their website too!

Notes from the National Main Street Conference

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the National Main Street Conference a couple of weeks ago in Detroit! The conference showcases and celebrates the innovative techniques and practices that make the Main Street Approach® one of the most powerful economic development tools in the nation. There were a lot of great sessions where I could learn from Main Street Managers around the Country. There a few key ideas I wanted to bring back to The Dalles to share with you.

First, that Main Street is truly a collaborative effort. The Main Street Coordinator is here to facilitate and empower volunteers to take ownership of their downtown and the projects they want to see happen. This means that your participation is KEY to seeing the changes we want to happen in our downtown!  Get in touch and let me know what you want to see happen.

And second, developing a strong vision and goals for our downtown and the organization is vital to our efforts.  Without this direction it can be hard to prioritize our actions and ensure we have a big impact in the areas we as a community think are most important.

For some inspiration while thinking about these things, check out this great video of the Harrisonburg Downtown’s Revitalization efforts.

Harrisonburg, VA from Flower City Media on Vimeo.

Building the Parklet on May 8, 2014

Parklet to be installed Thursday!!

Hello Main Streeters!!

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Wednesday.
I wanted to inform everyone that thanks to your support and efforts we raised enough to purchase the parklet and other required materials and it will be installed TOMORROW!! :-) 
Please share this information and invite anyone to come down and watch the parklet be put together and enjoy it afterwards. We plan to start working at about 9 am in front of Columbia River Music. I have attached a few pictures to this email as well.
If you have any questions or comments please let me know! Thank you all for your support and helping to get the word out!
Matthew B. Klebes
Main Street Coordinator
The Dalles Main Street
Office: 541-370-2966

Parklet Design

Logo VerticalThis is the design for the proposed Parklet that will be installed Downtown this summer.

The proposed location is in front of Columbia River Music located at 410 E 2nd.  For more information contact Matthew Klebes, The Dalles Main Street Coordinator. Office: 541-370-2966

 What’s a Parklet?  Check Here

For larger view of parklet design

Proposed Parklet Views

Bike Friendly Business Workshops

 Want the growing number of cyclists visiting The Dalles to know you value their business?

Chad Sperry from Breakaway Promotions will facilitate Bike Friendly workshops brought to you by The Dalles Main Street Organization. Laptops will be available, as well as individual
assistance, to help you complete the Bike Friendly application.
WHEN: Monday, April 7, 5:00pm & Tuesday, April 8, 8:00am
WHERE: Urban Paper, 212 Washington St. The Dalles, Oregon

See Flyer for details