Casa Grande competing to build neon sign park

CASA GRANDE, AZ - Casa Grande needs your vote to build a neon sign park downtown. 

“What better way to light it up and create the ambiance that will draw people," said Casa Grande Main Street Executive Director Rina Rien. 

The city's Main Street and Historic Preservation Commission are competing against 24 other cities across the country for up to $150,000 in funding.

Casa Grande's is the only Arizona project in the competition, put on by American Express, National Geographic, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Partners in Preservation and Main Street America. Voting ends on October 31st; the top ten projects will win. 

“Because we are a civic nonprofit, we don’t get many opportunities for funding these days,” Rien said. 

The park would provide a walkway between the city's business and arts districts, connecting shops and restaurants to the Womans Club (a local black box theater), the art museum and Museum of Casa Grande. Three signs -- artifacts from an old hotel, motor lodge and Dairy Queen -- would be initially featured in the park. Rien said the hope is to acquire and restore other signs that can be added in the future. 

Winners will be announced November 2nd. 

You can vote up to five times daily on the competition website: http://VoteYourMainStreet.org.

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