Photo, courtesy of Becky Parham
Victor Mayor Buck Hakes gets into the party spirit during a downtown Christening celebration in honor of the town’s designation as a official Main Street community–an elite status in Colorado. This followed a strong effort among business owners, residents and community leaders for the last several years. But the work is not over, as the town now will make a bid at becoming a Main Street community graduate and continue an aggressive effort to preserve its heritage, do innovative events and fix up deteriorating buildings as part of an overall plan to revitalize the community.
Becky Parham, the Main Street Program Coordinator for Victor, cites a growing “culture of collaboration” in Victor. This is a quality Victor lacked in the past when the town was known more for recall elections and unruly meetings than anything else. Woodland Park is also striving to become a Main Street town, but still has a number of hurdles to overcome. A recent assessment process, though, generated much interest in the Main Street campaign. And the city of Cripple Creek is also doing its own main street enhancement, with a $4 million-plus facelift of Bennett Avenue.