“It takes a lot of people to make stone soup,” Mayor Jim Boles cheerfully announced at the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase One of the Downtown Renaissance First Street Linear Park held June 22 at First Street and Kinsley.
Boles said that the City had reached this day through a lot of work and cooperation.
“We have a lot of people who were involved in this project. It wasn’t just the vision of just one person. This [cooperation] is necessary to any project if it is going to be worthwhile.”
Boles thanked Byron James of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality for his help in making the project a reality. David Sikes, the Holbrook District 4 Engineer, was also honored for his help.
Boles pointed out that a small city must leverage everything so it [funding] can go as far as it can.
“The City of Winslow is putting money into this project, the Arizona Department of Transportation is putting in money—the bottom line is that this is an enhancement project. Not only will it look better, but residents and visitors to Winslow will have a better experience,” Boles said.
City Manager John Roche thanked the Vision Task Force members, as well as members of ADOT for their help.
John McCauley estimated that the project would be completed in three to four months.
Engineer Mark Woodson, who drafted the plans for the park, also received thanks for his efforts.
Following the “first of many shovels full” of dirt removed for the project, Boles led guests of the ceremony to a luncheon.
“Remember this day,” Boles commented. “Hopefully in three years you will be walking here with your grandchildren, and will say, ‘I remember when this was just a dirt lot.’ ”