About 20 people met in the park beside Basloe Library Tuesday evening and took a walk down North Main Street.
It was Herkimer Now’s inaugural North Main Street Walk and the event drew local officials, residents, businessmen and Herkimer Now members.
“We want to rebuild our presence on Main Street,” said Kathy Penree, of Herkimer Now as participants prepared to set out. “This is our Main Street and we need to have a presence here again.”
“It’s a great turnout,” said Mayor Mark Ainsworth. “It’s nice to have people come out to walk down Main Street and it’s good to see all these cars.”
“It’s a wonderful turnout for the first time,” said Tina Cirelli, of Herkimer Now. “We want people to be part of the scene on Main Street.”
She added having more people on Main Street could encourage businesses to locate here. “If it looks all barren, they won’t want to come,” Cirelli said.
Village Trustee Anthony Brindisi stopped to photograph the windows of the upper floors of a North Main Street building. Various hangings were visible in the windows.
“That’s one of the things we need to take care of,” he said. “These buildings are part of our history.” He noted the police department used to use the names of the buildings to direct officers responding to calls.
After the walk, participants were invited to gather for refreshments at Christ Episcopal Church on North Main Street.
Another walk is scheduled for Oct. 8.
Herkimer Now is a group that formed to revitalize Herkimer’s Main Street corridor. For more information, visit www.herkimernow.com.
Last Saturday, Herkimer Now partnered with the United Way of Mohawk Valley and Greater Utica Area and the village of Herkimer to conduct its inaugural Graffiti Busters Project. Participants painted over graffiti on the side of the former Glory Days building and painted parking meter posts.
The group’s next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Washburn Meeting Room of the Frank J. Basloe Public Library. All those interested are welcome to attend.