Places to Go
Having destinations for families and friends to go to is an important part of our community and includes having a vibrant downtown, attractive parks, and usable pathways.
Our downtown must be a place to go to, not drive through. A nearly year-long planning effort called Destination: Downtown created a long-term vision for the revitalization and growth of downtown Meridian's central core. This vision offers a wide array of residential opportunities, private office buildings, entertainment venues, quality dining and shopping options, and public gathering spaces to encourage social interaction and promote economic development.
Envisioned to be a pedestrian-friendly area, efforts are underway to create a more pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare with outdoor cafes, public art projects, and connectivity of retail, office, and urban living are encouraged for the area. With active events in downtown such as Concerts on Broadway, Public Works Week, and our annual Christmas in Meridian, combined with free wireless internet access, we are committed to creating a positive environment necessary for the redevelopment of downtown and success of businesses.
The City is working with the Meridian Development Corporation (MDC) and downtown businesses to foster an environment that encourages investment. We have made advancements with signage in downtown to help find businesses and parking; we performed a demonstration project creating a parklet to show what the experience can be in dining on a sidewalk, and are bringing public art to the area. In addition, our downtown walking tour is preserving our history and making it possible for families, students and visitors to learn about our history by visiting properties and buildings which helped shaped the character of our community.
They City is also examining the feasibility of bringing a 'Youth Farmers Market' to our downtown. This project will provide a unique event in the Treasure Valley and give kids an opportunity to showcase their hobbies, projects and passions while earning a profit.