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Historic Preservation - Element of a Vibrant, Vital and Resilient Downtown

What physically is historic preservation?

Historic preservation is simply the practice of protecting and preserving sites, structures and areas that reflect elements of local or national cultural, social, economic, political, archaeological history. Preserving history is vital to understanding a town’s past.

Why is this element important?

Historic Preservation has practical and economic benefits.  It helps enhance a town’s cultural vitality and identity, aids in local economic and community revitalization, increases tourism by attracting residents and visitors, conserves resources, promotes environmental stability, and increases tax bases and property value.

What are the current assets?

Parker has over 20 landmarked historical sites to visit and most are located in downtown. There is a self-guided historical walking tour of downtown in which you can learn about Parker’s rich railroad history or visit notable buildings like the Ruth Memorial Chapel, the Schoolhouse, Parker Garage or any of the revitalized Victorian homes throughout downtown. The Parker Area Historical Society, a non-profit organization, works to research, record and preserve historic events and sites in the Parker area.

Where are opportunities for improvement?

It is the Town of Parker’s goal to continue to support efforts to safeguard its historical and cultural heritage and to educate the community about historical resources.

How does developing the My Mainstreet parcels improve current conditions?

The development of the My Mainstreet parcels can support preservation in downtown as well as help promote opportunities for residents to learn about our history through community events. 

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