Design started for downtown banners
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Feb 05, 2013 | 972 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
MainStreet Cleveland is in the planning stages of several events for 2013, and a new look for downtown is in the works.

“The banner program began in 2004, with the ‘Think Downtown First’ campaign,” said Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

New banners are being designed and sponsorships are being sold.

Fifty light poles in the city hold the banners which are changed three times each year, according to Marr.

“It has been such a successful program that it was featured as a case study for MainStreet communities across the country,” Marr said.

The new banners will go up in early March through September.

Businesses and individuals can sponsor a banner, according to Marr.

Warmer weather will allow for outdoor activities such as April’s opening MainStreet Cruise-In downtown and the Evening Shade Concerts in the Park will be held each Friday in May beginning May 3, at 6:30 p.m. The series is in its 19th season.

MainStreet Cruisers will begin the season April 27. The cruise-ins draw hundreds of classic and antique vehicles ranging from peddle cars to full-blown race cars and everything in between. MainStreet Cruise-In has celebrated 10 years as a part of MainStreet Cleveland’s downtown events.

Coming May 3-4, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life will be held around the Courthouse Square.

According to Marr, other events could fill the spring and summer calendar.

As fall approaches, a major car-enthusiast gathering will occur in the downtown area when the Antique Automobile Club of America holds its National Fall Meet.

The show will be held around the Courthouse Square beginning at 6 p.m.

Planning for the Halloween Block Party and the Christmas events will be going on as well, according to Marr.

Businesses or individuals wanting to inquire about the banners or needing any other information can contact MainStreet Cleveland at 479-1000.