by Rina Rien, Director, Casa Grande Main Street
Casa Grande Main Street is pleased to announce the April 13 opening of Casa Grande’s Neon Sign Park in Historic Downtown
In fall 2017, Casa Grande Main Street placed second in a national online voting campaign to win $144,000 to build the Casa Grande Neon Sign Park. This project is supported by a grant from the American Express Partners in Preservation program, a partnership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The American Express Foundation. Funds were earmarked for restoration of vintage and neon signs and upgrades to the Arizona Plaza site in Historic Downtown owned by the Kramer Family of Casa Grande Valley Newspapers.
In addition to the grant, over $20,000 from our Founders Campaign has provided the icing on the cake, including tailgate benches, story plaques for the signs, pavers and license plates depicting personalized messages from our supporters.
Casa Grande residents and visitors can now enjoy the park both day and evening as the lights come on from dusk to 11 p.m.
Fourteen neon and vintage signs have been installed in the park with only two being new construction. The former “Tools” sign has been repurposed for our marquee sign on Florence Boulevard and 11 are authentic restorations.
The signs have been collected over the years by Casa Grande’s Historic Preservation Commission, Casa Grande Main Street and the City of Casa Grande. In addition, The Museum of Casa Grande has donated four signs from its collection. With the exception of the Dairy Queen “Lips” from Route 66 in Holbrook, all signs represent Casa Grande’s history. The majority of the signs are from the 1940s and ’50s, and many were located on the Old Tucson Hwy. (Hwy. 84).
This year’s Arizona Gives Campaign kicked off April 2 with a partnership between Casa Grande Main Street and Casa Grande’s Historic Preservation Commission. It’s meant to celebrate the completion of the Casa Grande Neon Sign Park and establish a planned-giving fund to support future repairs and maintenance of the park and it’s iconic treasures.
You can continue to support the park and future sign projects in the following ways:
Make a one-time donation or planned-giving contribution over a series of time by visiting our donation portal at: www.azgives.org/cgmainstreet.
Volunteer for our Beautification Task Force to participate in maintenance, gardening and enhancement activities at the park.
Schedule a visit from our Fundraising Team to your place of work to share our donor program.
Sign up for our eblast or text message alerts to stay tuned to future promotions and events surrounding the park.
Casa Grande Main Street is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization advocating downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Visit our website at www.cgmainstreet.org for more information on our mission, memberships and upcoming events.
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