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New benches and trash receptacles will be installed in Sequim’s Downtown core on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1, 2013. The furniture is part of the Downtown Streetscaping project which will also include signage to mark the entrances to the Downtown core and a new wayfinding system. Signage is expected to be installed later this summer.
The street furniture is the same eggplant color as the newly painted bike racks, with the City of Sequim logo incorporated into the furniture design. Ten trash receptacles will be replaced and three will be added. There will be five benches installed, two at the new City owned property at Sequim and Washington and three at Seal Street Park.
“One of the objectives of the project was to create ‘hospitality’ areas in the downtown core to make visitors feel more comfortable and invite them to stay longer,” said Communications and Marketing Director Barbara Hanna. “We’ve also added eggplant bike racks and will replace the trash receptacle at Heritage Park to carry the eggplant theme through the downtown core.”
One of the next phases of the project will include some “softscaping,” at the Sequim and Washington property and at Seal Street Park. This will include adding pots with trees and flowers to soften the environment at the seating areas.
$50,000 out of the City of Sequim Lodging Tax fund was approved in the 2013 budget for the Downtown Streetscaping project. The City worked with an advisory committee from the Downtown Merchants Group to determine priorities for the project. The Sequim City Council gave approval for the plan at the March 25, 2013 City Council study session on the subject. The project is part of the implementation of the Downtown Plan, which was adopted by the City Council on July 25, 2011.
To view the complete Downtown Streetscaping presentation visit www.sequimwa.gov/documentcenter/view/3515