Invitation to Participate in Downtown Galesburg – Plans, Projects and Priorities for Public Spaces

Galesburg residents are invited to attend one of these focus groups:

The City of Galesburg and the Galesburg Downtown Council are seeking community members who have an interest in downtown public improvements. The project will focus on a geographically defined downtown area and will look at the streets, sidewalks, public parks, plazas and parking areas. Potential improvements will be identified and priorities for implementation will be defined. This project will NOT focus on privately owned buildings, structures or vacant lots.

There are five designated focus groups about Downtown Galesburg:

Hardscape: Pavements, utilities, ADA access, parking areas, storm water drainage, etc.
Technology: Street lighting, architectural lighting, emergency communications, holiday light decorations, etc.
Discovery: Wayfinding signs/markers, visitor orientation, event banners, parking information, Wi-Fi/apps, etc.
Aesthetics: Street/park furniture, decorative banners, public art, fencing/barriers, park/plaza features, holiday/seasonal decorations, etc.
Greenscape: Street trees, tree grates/guards, groundcover/flower beds, planters, hedges, recycling units, storm water swales/basins, watering systems, etc.

The focus groups will be meeting at different times between 1:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, at the Bondi Building, 311 East Main Street, in the basement conference room. Each focus group will meet for approximately 1 ½ hours, times to be determined.

Participants will be asked to offer ideas or opinions on the location, scope, design concepts and alternatives for proposed projects. The comments and feedback voiced by the members of these focus groups will be taken into consideration in the development of the final project report.

If you have an interest in one of the five focus groups and would like to volunteer 1 ½ hours of your time on April 21, please call the City at 345-3619 and provide your name, contact information and the focus group in which you would like to participate.