Mt. Vernon Register-News

November 15, 2012

DMDC seeks green space ideas


MT. VERNON — The Downtown Mt. Vernon Development Corporation is seeking ideas for the green space north of the 9th Street Grill.

The public is invited to a meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the DMDC office at 809 Main Street, in order to discuss ideas for the green space.

“It has already been established that the site will be an outdoor green space,” information states. “What the committee is requesting are ideas for the site that will engage family and children, offers interactive activities with structures, etc., and is an inviting setting to all who visit.”

All suggestions or ideas must be submitted before the Dec. 4 meeting. Concepts and ideas can be e-mailed to the DMDC at or mailed to the DMDC office at 809 Main Street. Those who wish to submit ideas may also place their suggestions in a glass container at the 9th Street Grill, 222 S. Ninth St. A poster at the restaurant has further instructions.

“Making that a green space has been one of our goals, to do something with that, and this is a great opportunity,” said Cyndy Mitchell, DMDC executive director. “We’ve tried many avenues, and this seems like it might be the most effective.”

She added that the DMDC has always felt the space north of 9th Street Grill is an important part of the downtown streetscape.

“We want it to be very pedestrian-friendly,” she said. “We want people to be able to come there with their families and kids. It could be interactive. There are all kinds of ideas you could do with it.”

The DMDC is partnering with the Mt. Vernon Convention and Visitors Bureau/Tourism to apply for a grant to make the green space project a reality, information states. A design for the green space is one of several requirements for the application.

Mitchell said the grant is a Lowe’s grant.

“This project is one of several goals in DMDC’s mission to preserve, revitalize and maintain Downtown Mt. Vernon as a commercial and cultural center of the local and regional community,” information states. “DMDC welcomes community input as they work toward making the heart of the city the best downtown in southern Illinois.”

For more information, contact Cyndy Mitchell at 242-6866 or e-mail to