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Hillyard Festival Gazette 2011 Early Edition Festival Centennial By Luke Tolley Hillyard Festival Association Gazette Editor MARK YOUR CALENDAR! June: 18th: ChalkArtWalk and Community Yard Sale. Hillyard rarely needs an excuse to party. We are a proud neighborhood that is happy to celebrate our community at any chance we get. Thus it has been since 1911, the first recorded public celebration of Hillyard. This year, we recognize the centennial of the first street fair with our 100th Hillyard Festival and Hi-Jinks Parade on August 5th, 6th & 7th in Hillyard at Sharpley-Harmon Park and on North Market Street. Special thanks to Billy Oakley for designing our 100th anniversary logo that you‘ll no doubt be seeing all over the neighborhood in the coming months. Check out the special centerfold pull out poster with the beautiful logo on pages 6 and 7. Hang it in your window to help spread the word about this year‘s Hillyard Festival. Over the years, the festival has generally been celebrated in August, sometimes early in the month like it is now and sometimes later as a harvest celebration. It seems there was also a time when it was celebrated around the time of Independence Day as well. The Festival has been celebrated for various reasons (as if we needed a reason). One of the earliest accounts found in the Spokane Daily Chronicle in 1911 was a fellowship and installation of various ―secret orders‖ like the Hillyard Commercial Club, Masonic Temple and the Improved Order of the Red Men of Hillyard. These days we call them community service organizations, not secret orders, but they‘ve always been a big part of the Festival. The people of our neighborhood have come together for lots of July 16th: Wild West Days Street Fair. August 5th-7th: Hillyard Festival & Hi-Jinks Parade, Harmon Park. September 10th: Hippie Happening Street Fair. October 8th: Hillyard Fest. October 29th: Hillyard Howl. November 12th: Girls Day Out, Ladies Shopping Event. December 3rd: Hillyard North Pole. *All events are held on Market Street in Historic Hillyard Business District (5000 N Market St), unless otherwise noted. Watch the Hillyard Blog for more info: http:// other reasons too. In 1911, thanks to $10,000 from the Carnegie Fund, Hillyard got its first public library. In the following years, new water service to the neighborhood was recognized. Street projects have always been popular reasons as well. In the 30s, the Francis Street Bridge was completed and celebrated and the paving of Market Street both originally and last year played big parts in the ...Continued on Page 9 Greater Hillyard Receives Excellence on Main Award By Sarah Hansen, Washington State Main Street Program SEATTLE —The Greater Hillyard Northeast Planning Alliance (GHNEPA): Joint Neighborhoods‘ Long Range Planning Effort in Spokane was recognized as an Outstanding Special Project‖ at Washington Main Street‘s Excellence on Main Awards Ceremony, May 12 in Walla Walla. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Revitalize WA, Washington State‘s Main Street and Preservation Conference. ―We are delighted to present this award to GHNEPA for the Joint Neighborhoods‘ Long Range Planning effort.‖ says Sarah Hansen, Washington State Main Street Coordinator. ―We are so impressed with the community‘s willingness to work together and their recognition that neighborhoods and communities do not function in isolation. It is clear that this project is an effort the whole community is involved with and can certainly be proud of. We look forward to seeing how the revitalization efforts take shape.‖ JR Sloan, Manager of GHNEPA from 20082010 states that, ―For the first time in decIn 2008, the Spokane City Council allocated ades, Greater Hillyard has a comprehensive funds for neighborhood planning. They definition for a vastly improved future. In a thought the 27 neighborhoods would each sense, we‘re taking the ‗Main Street‘ idea take on their own projects, but three neigh- and applying it to three united neighborborhoods in the State‘s poorest ZIP codes hoods.‖ combined their funding, their volunteers and their common heritage to develop a model The Excellence on Main Awards are orgafor community planning. The Bemiss, nized by the Washington State Main Street Hillyard and Whitman neighborhoods in NE Program to recognize communities, organiSpokane joined together to form the Greater zations, and individuals who are helping Hillyard Northeast Planning Alliance achieve sustainable communities and eco(GHNEPA). nomic vitality in Washington State through The plan was published in July 2010 and includes ten ―Strategy Areas‖ for revitalization. Ken Close, President of the Greater Hillyard Business Association sees the plan providing guidance for overall community projects, as well as allowing neighborhood groups and institutions to take on their own projects, giving, ―local groups goals and a formal way to track their progress.‖ One vital part of the planning process was getting input from the widest range of citizens possible. Creative efforts to engage and involve the community were extensive and included public meetings, community exhibits and conducting and analyzing a remarkable 1500 resident and business owner surveys. 2011 Hillyard Gazette Early Edition downtown revitalization and preservation. Washington‘s Main Street Program is housed in the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and administered, under contract, by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation. Turn to Page 9 for more pictures. Page 1

Hillyard Gazette 2011 - Early Edition

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