Downtown is not just a place, it’s a symbol. A symbol of the economic health of a community, the symbol of the quality of life of the people who live there. A downtown gives us a sense of our history and of pride in our community. It is the literal and figurative heart of a town.
Great downtowns don’t just happen – there has to be a vision of what the downtown can become; there has to be strong leaders willing to do what it takes to succeed; there has to be constant management; and there has to be participation by all members of a community.
In Lake Mills, we are extremely fortunate to have all those elements in the Lake Mills Main Street Program (LMMSP). Since its inception in 2006, LMMSP has changed the downtown in many ways:
Many new businesses have been established in our downtown district. Over 93% of our available downtown commercial space is filled.
The LMMSP beautifies the downtown area annually with financial support for downtown planters.
Approximately $7,000 has been awarded to downtown property owners annually as grants for exterior building improvements.
Our streets have wayfinding signage and bike racks and flowering planters line our downtown sidewalks.
Through our website, LegendaryLakeMills.com, we have promoted our town and its events to a wider and wider audience.
Decorative banners along North Main Street and an informational kiosk in Commons Park have been installed.
These are just some of the highlights brought to you by the Lake Mills Main Street Program. But in order to continue to see Lake Mills thrive, we need your help. Please become a Friend of the Lake Mills Main Street Program – and be part of the exciting future of our community! There are many friendship levels to fit your budget!