Broken Bow’s downtown square is the center point, staple, and key attraction of the community. Some aspects of the square, such as the bandstand, are more than 100 years old. Unfortunately, due to age, some of the square’s features needed updating, a priority not only for the city administrator but also many Broken Bow residents. The city’s motto, “rooted, but not standing still,” encompasses the city’s goal to honor its history while still progressing into the future and providing the community with safe and current downtown amenities.
With the help of our Transportation team, Broken Bow developed a three-phase plan to renovate the square and surrounding areas. The streets of the square itself would retain its historic relevance by removing and replacing three blocks of the brick pavers that had been laid in 1921. A new concrete base, acting as a driving lane, was constructed alongside the pavers. The plan also included adding concrete parking, sidewalks, decorative lighting, water main and service lines, and ADA ramps. Phases two and three provided concrete revamping to the streets, parking, sidewalk, and ADA accessible ramps, directly adjacent to the square. Additionally, a bike trail was incorporated from 10th to 14th street, along south B street. Thanks to the downtown improvements made to Broken Bow’s iconic square, the community will continue to enjoy the historical beauty—with modern qualities—for the next 100 years.