Casper residents will have no excuse if they’re bored this summer.
A series of events, including farmers markets, concerts and family game nights, will be held at David Street Station after an expansion project wraps up later this month, according to Brandon Daigle, chairman of the Downtown Development Authority.
“We’ll have at least four events every week,” he said.
The station — a downtown public complex that features an outdoor stage and ample seating — opened with fanfare last August. But that only marked the completion of the project’s first phase.
Construction continued on the second phase, which includes the addition of public restrooms, a splash pad, a seasonal ice skating rink, an observation desk and an informational kiosk. A grand opening ceremony is slated for June 1.
“It feels like a dream come true … It’s been well worth all of the long nights,” said Daigle.
The chairman added that the station’s website, DavidStreetStation.com, is now up and running.
Vice Mayor Charlie Powell told the Star-Tribune last month that he’s looking forward to the project’s completion. Between the new features and all the events, Powell said he expects a wide range of residents will enjoy the facility.
“This is a big deal,” said Powell, explaining that the city’s leaders have worked for years to create a lively atmosphere downtown.
City leaders hope the station will serve as an anchor that draws visitors and new businesses to the city’s core. Already, there are signs the space might be having that effect. New businesses have popped up in the surrounding blocks including Racca’s Pizzeria Napoletana, Urban Bottle and the Gaslight Social bar.
Matt Galloway, the owner of the Gaslight Social, previously told the Star-Tribune that it played a role in his decision to open an establishment downtown.
“I thought to myself ‘I’m going to be on the outside looking in’ … I wanted to be part of this major [revitalization] movement,” said Galloway, who owns other businesses on the city’s outskirts.
Hundreds gathered at the first grand opening last August, including Gov. Matt Mead.
The governor spoke at the event and said the David Street Station was proof that “when [Casper] needs something done, it gets it done.”