Adding more tourism to Downtown Walnut Ridge

WALNUT RIDGE, AR (KAIT)- A new committee has been created in the hopes of revitalizing towns in Lawrence County, and their first project is downtown Walnut Ridge.

Chairman of The Community Revitalization and Beautification Committee, Fran Cavenaugh, said it all begins with team work.

"We're going to have a community service day once a month," said Cavenaugh. "We're all going to meet on a Saturday morning and clean this area up!"

Their hopes are that the revitalization of downtown will show other towns in Lawrence County, what a difference community involvement can make.

"If it looks better and it's appealing, you're going to get more traffic," said Cavenaugh.

Their small town has the charm but it needs the looks to get the exposure.

"We need to present the best image we can, and we don't necessarily do that now," said Cavenaugh. Walnut Ridge has a tremendous amount of assets here, whether is people or businesses, but when you drive through you might not think that."

Many business owners in downtown have got on board with the new committee. Their hoping that creating a new look will attract more customers.

"We have watched our downtown struggle for years," said Owner of Art and Culture Frozen Yogurt and Dark Side Coffee House Danny West. "The buildings continue to dilapidate and this is just a core group that really wants to see our downtown come back."

Bringing in the business also allows them to give back to their community.

"We generate sales tax and put it right back into the community and keep it here," said Owner of Imagine. "I'm hoping that the good that the committee does will stay here in town."

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