5th to 5th Revitalization Committee Focus on Downtown Vernal

Adding historic bling to downtown Vernal is just the beginning of plans being brewed by the 5th to 5th Revitalization Committee. Working with the Regional History Center, the group helped spruce up downtown this week with enlarged historic photos put on display in existing and, in some cases, vacant store windows. “We are doing what we can to help increase foot traffic downtown and spur economic growth,” shares Committee member Joel Brown. “We’re also talking about beautifying downtown further with park benches and more art.” Among the favorite ideas the Committee has explored is to have fun dinosaur statues placed on and around the buildings. “We haven’t finalized any plans but we know we want dinosaurs to be part of whatever we do,” says Brown. Adding color and culture to a downtown using statues is not a new idea and the Committee has spent time exploring similar ideas successfully used by other cities. For now, however, locals are encouraged to make their way downtown this week for Holly Days and check out the store windows for some amazing historic art focused on downtown Vernal.

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Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.