By Kevin Kelley
The city’s master plan update, publicly released in March, called for a marketing plan for the downtown area and a citywide signage plan. City leaders are looking to residents for design ideas to implement that recommendation.
Last week the city announced a competition for designs that would go on boulevard banners along the main streets of Fairview Park.
The administration of Mayor Eileen Patton decided to solicit designs from the residents, students and businesses of Fairview Park rather than spend taxpayer dollars and contract with a graphic design professional.
“The best ideas often come from within the community, so we are reaching out to the public to showcase their talents,” Patton said in a statement announcing the competition.
A panel made up of city officials, residents and representatives of community organizations will judge the entries. The city reserves the right not to adopt any of the submitted entries for the banner. If a submission is chosen, the designer will be publicly recognized and receive a $100 cash prize.
City employees are not eligible to enter the competition. There is no limit to the number of entries an individual may submit. However, each entry must be accompanied by an entry form, which can be downloaded from the city’s website at www.fairviewpark.org/city-banner-competition.html.
Designs must include the words “Fairview Park” and include no more than three colors. The banners on which the design will be placed will measure 30 by 60 inches.
Entries should be e-mailed to Matthew Hrubey, development administrator with the city, at email@example.com. The deadline is 4 p.m. July 12.
A similar design contest was held a year ago for the city’s recycling logo. All art students at Lewis F. Mayer Middle School created designs. The winning one was created by Jared Butler. For creating the winning design, Butler received a certificate to host a private pool party at the Gemini Recreation Center for a group of 25 friends. His logo has been displayed on banners around the city.