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300 West Commercial St.
Ozark, AR 72949

(479) 667 5337

City of Ozark - www.cityofozarkar.com

Ozark Area Chamber of Commerce -

www.ozarkchamberofcommerce.com

The Arkansas Film Office -

www.arkansasproduction.com/

The Association of Film Commissioners International - www.afci.org

Main Street Arkansas -

 www.arkansaspreservation.org/main-street

The National Main Street center -

 www.mainstreet.org

 

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Main Street Ozark Mission Statement

 Emphasizing the Four Points of Main Street, Design, Organization, Promotions and Economic 

 Restructuring, it is our mission to encourage the development, redevelopment, promotion, and

 improvement of the downtown area in Ozark, Arkansas through education and historic preservation.

What is the Main Street America Program?


  The Main Street Program is a revitalization strategy used in over 1,200 cities and 40 states. Developed by

  the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s National Main Street Center, the program encourages 

  imaginative use of business and government resources to support local downtown and neighborhood

  commercial district revitalization efforts. The Main Street approach is based on four points and relies on 

  eight guiding principles to produce fundamental change in traditional commercial business districts.

  In 2015, the Center launched a new program brand for the network of Main Street programs

  to reinvigorate our collective look, feel, and strategy to position Main Street as a leader locally,

  regionally, and nationally.

Main Street Ozark Success Stories

Downtown Post Office

Part of keeping downtown the heart of the community is making sure that vital businesses and services are located there. This not only ensures patronage downtown, but also makes it conducive for other businesses to be located downtown. Through a combination of finesse, wisdom, cooperation and basic pleading, Main Street Ozark was able to this. The Post Office restructured their bidding process and after much negotiation the new facility in now located in the desired downtown location; resulting in the the beginning of the revitalization in what had been a blighted area on Ozark’s beautiful river front.

 

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The final site for the post office was along River Street facing the Arkansas River. The depot, housing the History Museum and Riverview Plaza are nearby.

 

The new postal facility keeps community traffic downtown and adds to the development of the east end of downtown as a destination.

Roy Garner Memorial Park

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 Thanks to Main Street's continuing efforts to bring out the best for the citizens of Ozark.

 

Ozark Sidewalks

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Ozark’s Heritage Trail – Ozark, AR

Ozark’s award winning Trail of Tears Memorial was created to honor those who were forced to leave their homes on a journey that took the lives of many before reaching Indian Territory. The memorial is located next to Ozark’s Historic Depot Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River. It includes a 6’ X 4’6” etched stones recognizing the Five Civilized Tribes, a riverboat typical of the boats used during the journey and displays Sequoyah’s syllabary which was the only Native American written language during the removal period. There are two smaller stones taken from a hilltop overlooking the old Military Road used by the tribes during their removal. Four diamond shaped tiles of authentic Cherokee Marble are mounted in the 14’ X 16’ stamped concrete patio foundation. The memorial area contains benches for those who wish to sit and reflect on this part of Arkansas’ history. There is a pedestal display showing a map of the routes taken through Franklin County, the story of the history of the Cherokee Marble tiles and beautiful artwork by renowned Cherokee artist, Ron Mitchell.

The Trail of Tears Memorial It’s a welcome addition to the existing Heritage Trail that begins across the street at Riverview Plaza then leads to the recently installed Civil War Memorial and on to the museum. Ozark’s Heritage trail features a large sign/area map which includes QR codes that take the visitor to a narrated video tour of each of Ozark’s Historic buildings or landmarks. The trail leads to plaques depicting many of Ozark’s treasured landmarks. 

 

Riverview Plaza

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Landmark Plaques

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