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Potential farmers market sites compared

May 5, 2014 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff Writer

Organizers continue to consider new location options for the weekly farmers market that has taken place in downtown Riverton for the past several summers.

City staff had recommended the Riverton City Council approve a location other than the usual spot on Broadway north of Main Street, but council member Mary Ellen Christensen wanted to table the question in order to give organizers more time to consider a portion of the Rails to Trails pathway behind City Hall, 816 N. Federal Blvd.

"It's a nice area of town that needs to be revitalized," Christensen said.

The market runs from May to October and usually takes place 5-7 p.m. Wednesdays.

During a recent work session, council members and market organizer Sherry Shelley determined City Park could be the best option for the event, with the only disadvantage being a lack of adequate wind protection.

The public parking lot between Broadway and North Third Street East behind Kusel's Furniture & Appliances was another option, but the group determined the location is too far from Main Street.

Plus, the public lot has no bathroom access, which is available at City Park.

Another option with no bathrooms was the vacant lot at 422 E. Main St. now owned by the city. The adjacent street could be blocked off if more room is needed, city administrator Steven Weaver said.

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