CASPER, Wyo. — David Street Station, a public gathering place and event venue, located between Downtown Casper and The Old Yellowstone District, has announced that they were the first runner-up in the urban division of the Strong Community Awards.
The award was announced by the The Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines.
“David Street Station is continually supported by Jonah Bank and Hilltop Bank, both FHLB Des Moines members,” officials with David Street Station said in a press release Oct. 19, 2020.
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Oil City has put together a small gallery from events at David Street Station since 2017. The photos can be viewed below.
“We are excited to be voted the first runner-up of the Strong Communities Award,” said Abbey Kersenbrock, Event Coordinator at David Street Station. “The funding from this award will be used to continue providing Casper with free, family friendly events. In times like these, funding assistance is vital to our operations. We appreciate the support from our community throughout this process and we are honored to have been named a runner-up among the other incredible initiatives recognized by the FHLB Des Moines!”
The annual award honors the projects, people and programs that “promote local small business growth and retention,” the David Street Station statement said. Winners were determined through a public voting process which ran from October 5 through October 9, 2020.
David Street Station was among three finalists for the urban division of the award. Each finalist received $3,000.
“When our internal panel was narrowing the list of finalists, we were impressed with David Street Station and its mission,” said Kris Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer, FHLB Des Moines. “We are excited to be able to support this project as it reflects the commitment of FHLB Des Moines to finding ways to improve their member communities.”
The winning program for the urban division of the award was “Running Start for Careers,” based out of Spokane, WA. The award website says the program “offers local high school students the chance to complete their college-level vocational training while still in high school. This way, students get the chance to train as an expert in a highly sought-after field and enter the workforce that much sooner.”
Running Start for Careers will receive $15,000 as part of the award.
David Street Station’s phase I opened in 2017 just prior to the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse and corresponding festival that saw thousands of visitors from all over the globe. Phase I offered the Brian Scott Gamroth Memorial Stage, busker stations for small performances, vendor space, and a spacious lawn.
Phase II opened in summer of 2018 and boasted an area that is utilized as splash pad in the summer, and an ice skating rink during the winter months. Phase II also saw a building with a scenic overlook, restrooms, skating rental, and support for the space.
“Every event was privately funded, and admission was always free,” David Street Station says on their website.