• Another 200 feet of sidewalk has been poured along Oak Avenue, part of Spruce Pine Main Street’s ongoing efforts to promote a more connected and pedestrian-friendly town center. (Submitted photo)
    Another 200 feet of sidewalk has been poured along Oak Avenue, part of Spruce Pine Main Street’s ongoing efforts to promote a more connected and pedestrian-friendly town center. (Submitted photo)

Downtown improvements continue

Sidewalk extends eastward; bridge renovations planned; fall cleanup this weekend

SPRUCE PINE – Another 200 feet of sidewalk has been poured along Oak Avenue, part of Spruce Pine Main Street’s ongoing efforts to promote a more connected and pedestrian-friendly town center. 

The new stretch will help link favorite spots as far east as the City Drive-In with the rest of downtown. The project is organized by Spruce Pine Main Street and funded by the Town of Spruce Pine. 

Members of the Spruce Pine Main Street Design and Beautification Committee expressed excitement at this past Month’s meeting about the potential for further expansion.

For the long term, the committee envisions safe pedestrian access to the post office and other businesses beyond Ward Street, as well as a complete walkable loop between Oak Avenue, Locust Street and Riverside Park. 

“It’s all about making our downtown a welcoming place to spend time in,” said Beth Byerly, chair of the design and beautification committee. “Having people out and about on foot is key to everything we’re trying to do.” 

Renovations and repairs to the bridge between the park and Locust Street are part of this larger goal, too. The committee is assembling a budget for the bridge project, with elements of the new design already decided.

Members are also looking forward to welcoming volunteers Saturday, Nov. 10, for the annual fall clean-up day. 

Activities include trash pickup, raking and sweeping, tidying flowerbeds and planters and other seasonal upkeep as well as decorating the town Christmas tree. The team will assemble at 9 a.m. at Central Park and work until around 1 p.m. to get downtown looking its best for the holiday season. 

Volunteers should bring gloves, extra rakes, brooms, trowels and clippers will be helpful. 

Email Libby Phillips at spms@downtownsprucepine.com or call 828-765-3008 for information or to get involved with Spruce Pine Main Street.

The MItchell News

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