Music fills downtown streets

By NICOLE SMITH
Posted 6/15/19

Downtown Jasper is alive with the sound of music.Speakers were installed in downtown over a week ago to provide lively music for people who eat, shop and conduct business downtown.Jasper Main Street …

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Music fills downtown streets

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Downtown Jasper is alive with the sound of music.

Speakers were installed in downtown over a week ago to provide lively music for people who eat, shop and conduct business downtown.

Jasper Main Street Executive Director Mike Putman explained that the speakers are operated by a computer and communicate with each other to broadcast family-friendly music along 19th Street.

Having speakers to transmit music downtown was a goal in Jasper Main Street's infancy. Putman said he visited downtown Gadsden years ago, a sister Main Street community, and it's there that he was confronted with music playing in their district.

"They had that, and I immediately thought that would be perfect downtown," Putman said.

Music will begin at 9 a.m., Monday through Saturday in downtown and end late each night, depending on foot traffic. On Sunday, music will not start playing until 11 a.m., in observance of church services.   

"It contributes to the vitality of downtown," Putman said of the music.

He expressed gratitude to the City of Jasper, Scott Crump Toyota and the Walker Area Community Foundation for making the project a reality. He also said he is grateful to Jeremiah Tidwell and Jerry Parker for installing the speakers on downtown lampposts. 


Signage, bicycle share also set to take place


Wayfinding will soon provide another improvement to downtown as well, with signage that will direct people around the district. Putman said wayfinding is expected to be installed around July 1.

The painting of an artesian well along Fourth Ave. S. (near where the old Hickoryland Bar-B-Q was located) will be another upcoming aesthetic project in downtown Jasper.

While listening to music, downtown visitors will also be able to soon enjoy a bike ride.

Putman said Jasper Main Street's bicycle share program will be in place in the coming months, which will allow people to rent bikes to ride around downtown. The bikes will be available for use once bike racks have been installed.  

The Walker Area Community Foundation, City of Jasper and Honda of Jasper are responsible for the bike-share program.