Downtown Tryon getting facelift

Published 6:07 pm Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Town of Tryon workers trim trees at the corner of Trade and Pacolet streets. The tree trimming is part of the ongoing Streetscape landscaping work in the town. (photo by Barbara Tilly)

Recent activities over the past week have enhanced the visual presence of Tryon’s downtown corridor.

The Town of Tryon’s Public Works Director Joel Burrell, his crew members, interim Harmon Field Director Travis Aldred, Tryon Business and Tourism Development Coordinator Crys Armbrust and citizen volunteers Larry Eckstein and John Massengill joined forces to leg up all the trees on South and North Trade Streets from New Market to Palmer Streets.

Additionally, approximately half of the redundant signage was removed, most of which were redundant two hour parking signs. A number of additional signs will either be removed or relocated in the upcoming week.

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Another noticeable shift in the downtown corridor is the re-spacing of the Tryon Downtown Development Association (TDDA) memorial benches and trash receptacles. This change is in anticipation of the implementation of a number of hanging flower baskets along Trade Street, an element which has been under discussion over the past year.

Funding for additional baskets is being sought.

The town’s recent Streetscape III infrastructure improvements by Trace & Company on New Market, South Trade and McCown Streets, combined with the landscaping improvements and the re-figuring of benches were aimed at giving Tryon’s central business district a new visual appeal.

For further information about volunteer opportunities in downtown, contact Crys Armbrust at or TDDA President Steve Cobb at

– article submitted by Crys Armbrust