City Manager Pat McGinnis said officials again plan to have a street light pole banner project along Washington Avenue and Seventh Street, as well as a new project on the city’s east side.
“For the first time, we’ll be doing a Beechtree project,” he said. “Those will have images of east-side scenes.”
According to McGinnis, the new east-side banners will depict images that make Eastown unique. That includes lumbering, fur trading, leather production and the former Michigan Pike — the earliest route from Chicago to Traverse City that ran along what is now Beechtree Street.
“Some people might have a preference to be put up on Beechtree,” McGinnis said of the new banner option.
For the downtown banners, the city plans to place images of the lighthouse, coal tipple, Central Park fountain and other historic artifacts from the community.
McGinnis said the cost for a banner is a $250 contribution. A person’s name, or the name of an organization or business, will be placed on the banner. It will be displayed from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
“This really is an advantageous (program),” McGinnis said. “You will get the full meat of the summer.”
At the end of summer, banners will be delivered to those who purchased them.
All proceeds from the fundraiser will be used to bolster various programs that benefit both the east side and the downtown.
“The Beechtree ones are going to go toward Beechtree decorations and plantings,” McGinnis said. “The (downtown) ones will go toward downtown improvements.”
Sixty banners were sold in 2013 to help fund $10,000 for lighthouse preservation efforts.