Denison gears up for second phase of downtown renovation
DENISON, Texas (KTEN) — Phase One of the Designing Downtown Denison project is now complete.
Next up: Phase Two, which includes renovations to Heritage Park. The seven-year design process is scheduled to be complete in December.
"We had some historic features and some memorials in the park, and we want to also think those through and make sure that we maximize those and put them in a prominent position, so that's a factor," explained Main Street director Donna Dow. "And then we want to have the stage, where performances can be held."
The stage serves as a gathering point for Denison residents. Renovations to that facility have been a driving factor in the design landscape.
"We have always envisioned it as being a roundhouse design; the designer proposed that in the very beginning in 2016," Dow said.
Music on Main has been held at Forest Park since 2020, but with a new platform, the show could possibly make a return to Main Street.
"That's under consideration; we always planned to do that," Dow said. "We are looking at how the stage is, and so it's going to be really good for small performances."
Nitia Musico, owner of Monsters on Main, said the downtown district could use more greenery.
"The streetscape as a whole comes down to our block," she said. "I like the fact that sidewalks are more user-friendly; there are no curbs, there's more landscaping, which I think we need downtown... I mean, the world needs more landscaping."
Construction on Phase Two of the Designing Downtown Denison project is expected to take 18 to 24 months.