by: PEGGY SAVAGE - City Manager Dan Huff visualizes improvements that would include shade trees and relocated bus stop along Rodeo Walk of Fame FridayDowntown Molalla is seeing the first steps to a makeover with the construction on Molalla Avenue of the first phase of the city’s Rodeo Walk of Fame.

This is a joint project between TEAM and the city of Molalla, and last week Jim Taylor, a TEAM board member, put in the first two medallions on the walk Thursday.

There are stll four more medallions to be put into this section of the walk, which will see even more improvements in phase two, said Molalla City Manager Dan Huff.

“In phase two of the Rodeo Walk of Fame project for this block, we’re going to pull some landscaping into the project,” Huff said Friday. “We will plant street trees near city hall and the back of the Deardorff building, then relocate the bus stop that is currently in front of city hall around the corner onto East Ross Street.”

Huff said the project, which was kicked off by TEAM earlier this year, will give Molalla City Hall a more positive presence on Molalla Avenue.

“Hopefully, this will give people some demonstration of what we can do, if you just move on,” he said. “The Rodeo Walk of Fame is the impetus for downtown beautification, and we are looking forward to more funding.”

Huff looks at the Rodeo Walk of Fame as a first step in beautifying the downtown area of Molalla.

“You have to start somewhere, and we’re starting here,” he said. “Hopefully, this project will lead to more projects to spruce up the city.”

The plan is to eventually extend the Rodeo Walk of Fame, with improved sidewalks and landscaping, around the corner on Molalla Avenue, down Main Street to North Cole Avenue, and then up Cole Avenue to the Buckeroo grounds, he said.

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