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David Street Station runner-up in Strong Communities Award (PHOTOS)

(Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

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.

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“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.

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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.

Raeleigh Asmus, 4, attempts to hoist her favorite pumpkin in the pumpkin patch at the 2020 Fall Fest at David Street Station on Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
David Street Station, August 21, 2020 (Oil City Staff)
Citizens enjoy the splash pad at David Street Station August 7, 2020 (Gregory Hirst)
Casperites, guests and travelers attend the first of the Summer Concert Series at David Street Station August 7, 2020 (Gregory Hirst)
A group of protesters heads silently from David Street Station to the Hall of Justice on June 3, 2020. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters addresses demonstrators at David Street Station on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (Oil City staff)
Students in Casper College’s nursing school pack donated food items to be sent to National Guard veterans serving abroad during Military Appreciation Day on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2019 at David Street Station. (Brendan LaChance, Oil City)
The Jalan Crossland concert at David Street Station in summer 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Peter Veinbergs tosses his daughter Emerson, 9 months, into their air while waiting for Jalan Crossland to take the stage on Friday, July 12, 2019, at David Street Station. Peter and his wife Alicia came from Sheridan to see Crossland, who they try and see as often as possible. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)
The new David Street Station skating rink gets a tryout during a private corporate Christmas party on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
People take selfies after the tree is lit during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at the David Street Station plaza in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
The community Christmas tree lights up during a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at the David Street Station skate plaza in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Pedestrians watch as the second-ever Community Christmas Tree is hoisted from a truck and onto the splash pad at David Street Station on Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in Casper. This is the first year that the tree will sit on the splash pad, which wasn’t completed for 2017’s tree. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Casper Police Chief Keith McPheeters addresses the crowd during an event honoring officers Jacob Carlson and Randi Garrett on Monday, July 30, 2018 at David Street Station. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Children react the moment the splash pad is activated during a grand opening ceremony for the final phase of the David Street Station public plaza on Friday, June 1, 2018 in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
University of Wyoming Cowboys Football fans watch the pokes take on Boise State from David Street Station in Casper in 2017. (File Photo; Trevor T. Trujillo, Oil City News)
Mike Woitaszewski, of Billings, and his daughter Zoey, 2, step down after looking at the first-ever Community Christmas Tree in David Street Station on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2017 in Casper. Woitaszewski and his wife Katia were in town visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday. Mike, who grew up in Casper, hadn’t had a chance to see the new plaza before Saturday. “It’s great,” said Woitaszewski. “When I was growing up it was a big eyesore here, now it’s beautiful.” (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Crowds pack David Street Station plaza for music after the eclipse event on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 in downtown Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)
Eclipse tourists try out their glasses in downtown Casper on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017 (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)