2014 City of Pickens Christmas Parade Date and Theme Announced

The 2014 City of Pickens Christmas Parade will be held Friday, December 12th at 7PM. This year’s theme is “The Doodle Express,” playing off the popular classic “The Polar Express.”  Everyone is encouraged to come early to get a good viewing place, view merchant decorations and sing Christmas carols together.  An awards ceremony will follow the parade at the Pickens Amphitheater.  Awards will be given for the Parade as well as the Merchant Decorating Contest.  Closing out the night will be a fireworks display from Bruce Field!

Pickens Doodle Express

2014 Christmas Parade Rules and Entry Form

2014 Merchant Decorating Contest

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Construction Begins on Town Creek Bike Park

The City of Pickens is excited to announce the commencement of construction on Town Creek Park.  Starting Monday, March 24, 2014 through April 18, 2014, the Playground of Promise, Tennis Courts and Town Creek Trail will be closed for construction.

For the full announcement on the construction on Town Creek Park, Click Here.


2014 Facade Improvement Grant Program–Applications Taken May 1st to August 1st

The City of Pickens Façade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP) provides financial assistance to commercial property owners and business owners in the City Center and Gateway Overlay Districts that qualify for façade improvements.  The purpose of the Façade Improvement Program is to support the revitalization of the City’s Overlay Districts by stimulating private investments in high-quality improvements that enhance the appearance of buildings and properties and eliminate blight and non-conforming design standards.

Applications will be taken from May 1, 2014 to August 1, 2014.  For more information, see the links below.

Resource Material for the Facade Improvement Grant Program (FIGP)

The Pickens Revitalization Association is available to assist potential applicants and answer questions at 864-878-0105.

PRA Announces Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities

We hope you will consider sponsorship of one of our events here in Pickens!  We invite you to review the PRA Sponsorhip & Advertising Package which outlines each of our events and provide specific information about sponsorship levels.

Over the past 30 years, the Main Street movement has transformed the way communities think about the revitalization and management of their downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts.  Cities and towns across the nation have come to see that a prosperous, sustainable community is only as healthy as its core.

Pickens has been fortunate to be selected as a Main Street community in South Carolina.  Main Street empowers residents and business owners with the knowledge, skills, tools and organizational structure necessary to revitalize their downtowns, neighborhood commercial districts and cities into vibrant centers of commerce and community.

Pickens Revitalization Association (PRA), is dedicated to the enhancement and preservation of sustainable growth in Pickens’ historic downtown area.  A non-profit organization, Pickens Revitalization Association was formed as a unique preservation-based economic development tool.  The goals of the PRA are:
» to grow Pickens’ businesses and retail base
» to cultivate tourism
» to revitalize downtown
» to support overall city improvement initiatives
» to create, manage and support promotional events

It is this last goal for which we need your support!  Pickens Revitalization Association needs partners in order to develop and manage successful promotional events.  The quality and amount of events we host each year depends upon community support as well as partnership with Pickens Revitalization Association and the City of Pickens.  We invite you to partner with us to make Pickens an even better place to live, work and play!

Sponsorship of Pickens Revitalization Association and our events will provide you with the opportunity to:
» Strategically generate visibility for your business
» Invest in the community through quality programming
» Associate your business with a successful community development initiative
» Support our mission of revitalizing downtown Pickens

Please do not hesitate to contact Pickens Revitalization Association with any questions about the events, sponsorship or our programs.  You can contact us via email at pra.historicpickens@gmail.com, via phone at 864.878.0105 or by visiting our website at www.historicpickens.com.  We look forward to hearing from you!