INVEST. BEAUTIFY. REVITALIZE.
PROPELLING DOWNTOWN FORWARD
The Propelling Downtown Forward initiative is directed by 64.6 Downtown to foster downtown economic development. The masterplan includes sustainable growth in retail, attainable residential, increased bikeability, walkability and cultural spaces downtown.
The Propelling Downtown Forward initiative encompasses an in-depth analysis of previous downtown and city plans. In recent years, the emphasis has been placed in the Downtown corridor at the request of Fort Smith citizens. Propelling Downtown Forward complements the Future Fort Comprehensive Plan with a planning design that is executable while incorporating neighborhood stabilization and economic development.
From a burned out and empty lot, to Fort Smith's only pocket park. Established in 2015, Garrison Commons offers a unique, outdoor entertainment and event experience.
913 Garrison Avenue
INVEST FORT SMITH
Invest Fort Smith is an annual, one day conference designed to build awareness of downtown economic development opportunities.
Key objectives of the summit include discussions on best practices, lessons learned, and prospects within downtown Fort Smith. Invest Fort Smith seeks to pull together those interested in starting, expanding, or renovating a business, creating development, or those who wish to stay up-to-date and informed on what is going on in downtown.
2020 date is to be confirmed.
Our young professionals group, 16B brings the next generation of business and thought leaders together. Here, our 16B's bring their ideas for business development, fundraising and event planning and production under the experienced eye of 64.6 Downtown. Are you interested in joining us?
Gateway Park is a beautifully landscaped park that incorporates three statues of figures with historical significance to Fort Smith.
Isaac C. Parker, Frontier Judge & Community Leader, represents law and order in the late 1800’s and was an advocate for education of all and women’s rights. Judge Isaac Parker will be joined by John Carnall, who represents public education, and Sister of Mercy Mother Superior Mary Teresa Farrell, who represents the establishment of health care during that time in our history.
Gateway Park is a gathering place for residents and visitors to learn about the contributions of all three leaders to our community. The park deed was transferred from 64.6 Downtown to the City of Fort Smith in October 2019.
The three sculptures were designed by figurative bronze sculptor Spencer Schubert of Schubert Design. www.esschubert.com
MALCOLM LONDON X ESCAPE TONES
Chicago activist, artist and rapper Malcom London joined Fort Smith's favorite fusion funk band, Escape Tones for a one night only engagement set in the historic New Theatre.
I AM WE
Local artist Ryan Starkey is featured in this documentary produced by 64.6 Downtown and filmmaker Phillip Person. Starkey lives with a disc-kenetic movement disorder.
I Am We aims to dispel stereotypes about persons living with disabilities and serve as a testament to anyone who has felt misunderstood or feared for their differences. The film captures Starkey in some of his most vulnerable moments while demonstrating the power of his artwork that comes as a result of his vulnerabilities.