Pittsfield's Historic Courthouse Square

Pittsfield's Historic Courthouse Square

Pittsfield, IL

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$25,000 would go a long way to make a huge impact in our small town of just 4,500 people. We'd use it to create a fun, relaxing outdoor space along our historic courthouse square - essentially Pittsfield's "Main Street". We have a few empty "toothholes" in our four blocks of historic buildings from the late 1800s, where buildings had to be torn down due to disrepair. We have a few local business leaders purchasing and revitalizing the remaining buildings, but these empty spots are somewhat of an eyesore in an otherwise beautiful facade. One of these empty lots would make a great space for people to gather, listen to live music, play oversized board games, etc. This community space could also be a reason for people to come to the heart of the city to meet up with friends and family, shop, eat and otherwise enjoy their time, boosting the local economy. We have the volunteers and some local contractors who could help make this a reality; it pretty much just comes down to funds for materials and supplies. Adding pavers, a community fireplace for winter, possibly a community water feature for summer, some tables and chairs, planters, overhead lights and maybe a small area for a stage, we could turn an out-of-place blank space in to our residents' favorite place to be.