Hope Downtown Network

Hope Downtown Network

Hope , AR

In 2018, Hope, AR became an Arkansas Downtown Network Program under Main Street Arkansas. The program is known as Hope Downtown Network (HDN). Since that time, Historic Downtown Hope has celebrated great progress in downtown business revitalization and historic preservation. This progress is due in part to the HDN volunteers and the vast number of community-wide partnerships in place. This past year, downtown Hope welcomed several new businesses as well as business expansions. Utilizing Main Street Arkansas grant funds, a great number of businesses have made exterior and interior improvements. Downtown Hope now has an outdoor venue known as The HUB. This open-air pavilion houses the Farmers' Market as well as numerous events that take place throughout the year. Hope is a train community, and its story is told through sculptures that stand near The Hub. Tourism is key to the growth of downtown Hope. Hope is the birthplace of our 42nd President, Bill Clinton. Thousands of tourists visit our community each year to tour the President's first home at the William Jefferson Clinton National Birthplace Site. This site is within walking distance to the heart of downtown. Murals also tell our community's story. We recently celebrated the dedication of the Journey of Hope Mural Project that shares three stories pertaining to Hope's history. There are numerous projects in the works that will add to the quality of life in our historic district. Key plans include the relocation of the Hempstead County Courthouse, downtown loft living, streetscape projects, creative murals, and pocket parks. If we are blessed to win this contest, we would be able to offer additional mini-grants to downtown businesses and property owners. We would also be able to enhance the pocket parks by adding whimsical sculptures and interactive murals.