Tour of downtown Chester rescheduled for Saturday

What makes this place special? Orange County Citizens Foundation to conduct placemaking tour

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— The Orange County Citizens Foundation will conduct a placemaking tour of downtown Chester from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

This tour has been rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 13, which was cancelled because of rain.

Placemaking is an approach to planning public spaces that makes the most of a community's best features to promote the health and happiness of its residents.

On Saturday community leaders and government officials will gather tips on how to revitalize Chester's historic downtown. "The community is the core voice in the process," the Foundation says.

There will be pre-tour presentations, a light breakfast of bagels and coffee from Bagel Girls, a walking tour, and a wrap-up discussion. The tour will begin and end at The Rustic Wheelhouse, 39 Main St., Chester. After the program, a list of local attractions and restaurants will be provided to allow for further exploration of the area.

Two hours of Municipal Board Education Credits are available for this event.

To register, call Jacqueline Masterson at 469-9459 or email

For more information on the Citizens Foundation's Placemaking Initiative, visit

For nearly 50 years, the Citizens Foundation is a membership-based, non-governmental organization that improves quality of life for Orange County residents through public policy and advocacy in land use and transportation planning, downtown revitalization through placemaking, water conservation, waste management, cultural affairs, education, agriculture, recreation and healthcare. The Citizens Foundation is housed on 50 acres of bucolic farmland, formerly the home of Surrealist artist Kurt Seligmann. On these Sugar Loaf grounds, known as the Seligmann Center at the Citizens Foundation, the organization brings together community, business and political members to share ideas and create new quality-of-life initiatives for Orange County. Public programming includes arts and culture exhibits and performances at the Seligmann Center, political debates and forums, and thought provoking workshops.

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