Beautification project underway in Walker County's largest city


    The next phase of downtown Jasper’s revitalization includes new sidewalks and trees.

    In fact, construction has already begun on new sidewalks on 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue and 4th Avenue, where they intersect with 19th Street. The city was awarded a $400,000 federal grant to help with costs.

    City crews are also already at work planting 56 new trees throughout downtown Jasper.

    “Trees bring life. Life brings commerce and that's what downtown is,” said Mike Putman, executive director of Main Street Jasper. “A downtown can be pretty. A downtown can be beautiful, but unless there are people and commerce and money changing hands, it doesn't go very far. So, it's to be inviting to people at restaurants and retail shops and that's what trees do.”

    Jasper Main Street partnered with Friends of Downtown Jasper to raise $15,000 to buy the trees. The city agreed to plant them.

    Putman believes this project will build upon the momentum downtown.

    It is expected to be complete by Spring.

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