Many trees have been planted throughout downtown Ripon over the past year. More are expected to be planted next year, with a focus on the 100 block of Watson Street.
Many trees have been planted throughout downtown Ripon over the past year. More are expected to be planted next year, with a focus on the 100 block of Watson Street.

   Ripon’s most prominent location — the downtown square — will be the focus in 2020 as a downtown beautification process that’s been ongoing for the past 12 months or so will continue.

   “It should be a fairly dramatic improvement next year,” Ripon Main Street Manager Craig Tebon said.

   This was among the news shared last week Tuesday as the business improvement district (BID) board met before business hours at Knuth Brewing Co.

   “At this point, we have plans to carry over about $17,000 [in existing funds] to do more beautification next year, which will be primarily the square with tree plantings and beautification,” Tebon said, referring to the 100 block of Watson Street that has a tree-lined, grassy median down the center of it.

   It’s all been part of a coordinated effort to make downtown Ripon more appealing to visitors.

   It began last fall with a series of trees being planted along Watson Street as well as adjacent roads.

Read the full story in the Nov. 28, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.