Quincy Better Block
July 16-17, 2021
Saturday: 9AM - 1PM
The Quincy Better Block will be a colorful and vibrant space running in the middle of B Street in Quincy, Washington. Designed by the Better Block and drawing inspiration from La Rambla in Barcelona, the temporary space is intended to cultivate community in a bit of an unexpected space, encourage and support entrepreneurs and existing businesses to utilize space, and create a fun concept that could be recreated.
The project, which will be open and tested for two days, will feature a variety of furniture, cut by the students at the Career and Technical Department of the Quincy School District, a stage and planter boxes from apple bins, and local vendors and performers.
Open on Friday evening, the site will feature games, music, and food. And on Saturday, it will feature the Farmers Market. Please visit, sample the space, listen to some local music, and provide your feedback through the onsite surveys to help us move this concept forward.
The Quincy Street Better Block will be open July 16, from 6-9 pm and July 17, from 9 am-1 pm.
Visitors can experience the community space, enjoy a bite from one of our many local eateries, walk through the middle of the street, play in the kid's play area, and give input on the future ideas.
As they say, "It takes a village!"
We invite neighbors, organizations, and groups to come swing a hammer and sling a paintbrush at one of our many volunteer workshops.
All ages welcome!
Eat. Drink. Play. Sing.
There is a little something for everyone along B Street. Working West to East, you can enter the space and stop by a sample treats from a couple vendors, then you'll enter "Play," which will have games for both young and old; then you'll come to "Drink," which is a beer garden with a great setup for "Sing," which is a stage for local performances.
A Better Block cannot happen without incredible donors and in-kind contributions. We were originally approached about this concept by Jim Hanna from Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Urban Planning, which made the initial investment in bringing this project to fruition. When asked why he thought this was a needed project, Hanna said, “Microsoft is excited to collaborate with the Better Block Foundation to help the Community of Quincy thrive,” said Hanna, Director of Microsoft Datacenter Community Development Urban Planning. “The program will be a timely addition as the weather warms in Quincy and people look to spend time outdoors. Being able to create temporary spaces from reusable materials offers the community flexibility and creates new opportunities for businesses who have struggled during the pandemic. Plus, it gives local residents a glimpse into how more permanent infrastructure improvements can help promote Quincy as a destination for families and visitors.”
From there, the list of contacts and donations (both in-kind and monetary grew). The Quincy School District purchased the wood for the street furniture, and their Career and Technical Department students cut the items. Berger Partnership helped with the concept plan. And Lisa Karstetter is gathering light poles.
We'll continue to add to this list as the project grows, but we are so thankful to each and every one of you who is bringing this concept to life!