One of the best things in life is a good beer!
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More information to come about this year’s home brewing competition! Make sure you check back soon!
The Big Muddy Monster Brewfest is an awesome day for celebrating music, craft beer, local folk lore and community and it’s not only a good time, but the proceeds go towards improving the town. The Friends of Murphysboro created the Big Muddy Monster Brew Fest event 12 years ago and has funded projects like the dog park at Riverside Park and the Splash Pad in Longfellow Park and has now handed the torch off to Revitalize 62966.
Revitalize 62966 is a grassroots effort initiated to address local challenges, by building a practical action plan through creative placemaking – a people-centered approach to building strong, vibrant communities. The project’s goal is to help Murphysboro achieve economic and population growth through the creation of identified catalytic projects. McClure Engineering was contracted with Jackson Growth Alliance (JGA),the economic development body for Jackson County, to identify through community sessions successes, weaknesses, and opportunities from Murphysboro people then build a plan. The project itself was generously funded by multiple people, not-for-profits, the City, and local businesses.
is a living and sharable web-based plan that breaks out the action items into seven categories: housing, downtown revitalization, business assistance, shared streets, public art, community calendar and next steps. Next steps include additional main street green space, daycare facility to tie in with a makerspace concept.
Our first and most attainable projects are shared streets and public art. The Public Art Committee conducted their first fundraiser and installed the first wall mural last fall. Murals and other planned artwork are slated to begin in the coming weeks. We are awaiting results from a grant opportunity that was submitted from a downtown planning study
conducted last year that would improve streetscape and walkability on Walnut Street from 10th to 17th Streets. Housing concepts, housing districts and historical districts are also in progress. Creating downtown revitalization initiatives, marketing pieces, business assistance concepts and improving community communications will be our next focus.