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David Street Station summer season ending: ‘I think people are catching on’

Children play in the David Street Station splash pad as the sun sets on July 13, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City File)

CASPER, Wyo. – The David Street Station outdoor public plaza is reaching the end of its third summer season, and the second with the splash pad.

Plans are now underway to transition into the next season.

“If it’s not summer then it’s winter for us,” said operations manager Jackie Landess.

The latest events, last week’s Fiesta WYO and the upcoming Fall Fest on September 28, generally mark the end of planned summer activities. However, a Halloween event on Saturday, October 26 is in the planning stages.

Landess says the final attendance numbers are being tallied, but she believes attendance in events and at the splash pad were up from last year.

She also noticed more consistent attendance during weekends.

“During our fly fish event, our 5150 and Fiesta Wyo last Saturday, we noticed a constant flow throughout the event,” she said. “It was constantly busy from the time it started to ended.”

“I think people are catching on to what we’re doing.”

Jalan Crossland performs at the David Street Station outdoor plaza on July 13, 2019. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

Tourists are also catching on, according to Landess, who recalled one family from Portland deciding to spend an extra day and night in Casper when they were delightedly surprised by activity in the Old Yellowstone District.

“Last year we had some issues with the splash pad, but this year we got those ironed out,” she said. “Overall everything was 100 percent better this year.”

After the splash pad is turned off in the coming weeks, the transition to winter will begin. Like the previous two years, the call for a donated large Christmas tree that has overgrown on a property will be sent out.

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 File)

The tree arrangement will be like last year. “It was really cool to skate around the community christmas tree,” she said.

The tentative plan is to open ice rink on Saturday, November 23, a week before Thanksgiving. The tree lighting ceremony will be November 30 on Small Business Saturday.

Prices for skating and state rentals will remain the same as last year. “We’re working on our hours and schedule right now,” she said.