Enrich Marietta Releases Public Engagement Results

More than 1,000 community members voice their aspirations for the future of Downtown Marietta.

Last fall, the City of Marietta initiated a process to create a Downtown Revitalization Plan. The plan, Enrich Marietta, is intended to be a results-driven, inclusive process that results in a strategic vision and guide that outlines future public and private improvements.

Public engagement is an important component in the planning process. It ensures the Plan is rooted in the values and aspirations of the community. Marietta community members were invited to share their individual thoughts and help shape a collective vision for the future of the Downtown. In total, over 1,000 people were engaged through meetings, community events, and online activities. The engagement included digital advertisements on the project website, the City website, and social media accounts and in-person messages with paper flyers and at city events.

The community had many opportunities to participate in the first round of engagement. Engagement events were held at the Marietta College’s Winter Weekend, multiple venues at First Friday in March, and there were two community meetings held in the Harmar neighborhood. Attendees of the events were presented information about the planning process and invited to participate in mapping and board activities. Additionally, a community survey was available online and at the public meetings, which included questions about the current conditions of Downtown Marietta and preferences on future growth and development in the area.

The feedback gathered during the public engagement process is summarized as follows:

  • Residents and visitors place a high priority on downtown revitalization.

  • People value the riverfront and want it to be enhanced to improve access and enjoyment.

  • The public enjoys existing programming downtown but would like to see additional events and activities.

  • General upkeep of roadways and building maintenance should be improved.

  • Additional restaurants and shopping downtown, including availability outside of normal business hours, is desired.

  • There is an interest in living downtown across all housing options.

  • There is a desire for more informal gathering areas for seating and outdoor dining. This could be in both public and private areas.

  • Increasing connectivity across all modes of travel is important.

  • Downtown is the cultural hub of the arts and historical assets.

  • Harmar and Harmar Bridge are priority areas for reinvestment.

This input will be instrumental in shaping the outcomes of the Plan. It will identify what topics are most important to the community and inform the recommendations regarding projects, programs, and policies. Currently, the planning team is utilizing what was learned from the public input to develop the draft Plan, which will be shared with the public for additional comment this summer.

For a complete summary of the results, click here!

Nominees Announced for 2019 Main Street Awards

Nominees Announced for 2019 Main Street Awards

The 2019 Main Street Award nominees are a representation of the quality of leadership we have in Marietta. Join us in recognizing this year's nominees!

2019 First Friday Themes Announced!

First Fridays in downtown Marietta are monthly snippets of the best our community has to offer. Our downtown shops are open late, our restaurants feature diverse menus, local musicians and artists are highlighted, and monthly themes offer a variety of experiences for our whole community to enjoy.

We are thrilled to announce the 2019 lineup of First Fridays in downtown Marietta! Through brainstorming sessions with our downtown businesses and coordination by our First Friday Committee, we are proud to offer a fun, dynamic, and unique lineup of themes. 

Check out the list below, including links to our Facebook events for each, and get excited to invite your friends, family, colleagues, neighbors and more to spend each and every First Friday in 2019 in the heart of our community. 


2019 FIRST FRIDAY THEMES

JANUARY: FIRE & ICE NIGHT
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Ice sculptures will be staged throughout downtown. Fire-themed refreshments, drinks, and activities will be staged throughout downtown as well.

FEBRUARY: SHARE THE LOVE
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Downtown businesses will feature exclusive specials and promotions uplifting the season of love for all visitors to downtown for this event. 

MARCH: READING RAINBOW
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March’s First Friday theme celebrates Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday. There will be reading stations throughout Downtown and lots of literary fun to be had!

APRIL: MARIETTA'S BIRTHDAY PARTY
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Cake, celebration, & history! Our community will join together to share our love for Marietta, who is turning 231 years old in 2019!

MAY: GARDEN PARTY
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May's First Friday is Garden Party, featuring a return of the Marietta Derby! While the horses are racing in Kentucky, downtown will welcome races of our very own and encourage shoppers to don their biggest and boldest hats as they shop and dine downtown.

JUNE: KIDS ART WALK
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June's First Friday is Kids Art Walk, featuring artwork from our local students in Washington County! 

JULY: FINE ART WALK
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This month, we celebrate the fine & performance art community in Marietta by highlighting public art, local art groups, local artists, art galleries, and more!

AUGUST: DOWNTOWN ART WALK
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August's First Friday is a special Downtown Art Walk, with a twist! Stay tuned to learn more, we are eager to share details in coming months!

SEPTEMBER: STERNWHEEL FESTIVAL
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September's First Friday is the first day of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival! Enjoy extended shopping hours, special promotions and activities throughout all of downtown.

OCTOBER: FALL FESTIVAL
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October's First Friday is Fall Fest, featuring a Fall Festival on the lawn of the Armory with lots of games, pop-up tents, and fun activities.

NOVEMBER: WHO’S YOUR HERO?
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This night, we will honor all of our heroes, whether they are first responders, those serving our country, movie or comic characters, or those who inspire us the most!

DECEMBER: MOONLIGHT MADNESS
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December's First Friday is a favorite for all of Marietta to enjoy! Shops are open EXTRA late for Moonlight Madness, some staying open straight through 'til midnight! 

Email us at sam@mariettamainstreet.org if you or your business are interested in sponsoring one of our fantastic First Friday events!