Mainstreet Steamboat Springs exploring plan to bring summer concerts to Yampa Street

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— Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is hoping to liven up Yampa Street next summer with a series of weekly or monthly concerts.

“I'm just in the research phase,” Mainstreet Manager Tracy Barnett said Thursday morning after she took to Facebook to seek community input on the idea. “A lot would have to happen to make this work, and I would definitely need some help, and some money, to pull this off.”

Barnett said part of the street would likely be closed to host concerts, and possibly vendors, at night once a week or once a month this summer.

She hopes her post to Mainstreet's Facebook page conjures up some ideas, opinions and potential leads for other activities in other cities she could research and potentially bring to Steamboat.

“The idea is to test Yampa Street as a festival street, and bring people downtown on a night that isn't a Friday or a Saturday,” Barnett said.

She said if the idea gains enough community support, Mainstreet would begin seeking sponsorships for the summer events.

Mainstreet's pursuit of a possible concert series on Yampa is part of a greater effort to revitalize the street and make it more pedestrian friendly.

In the wake of the Urban Land Institute's study on how to improve the street, 22 downtown stakeholders met last month and hosted a land use attorney who outlined three possible ways to pay for upgrades. Those methods include an urban renewal authority, a business improvement district and a downtown development authority.

Barnett said downtown stakeholders met again this week to continue their discussions on how to fund potential improvements.

“The group is growing,” she said.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

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