You could have a new favorite nightlife spot by Christmas: the alleys of Conway.
“Conway is unique in that we have a number of alleyways,” said Interim City Administrator Adam Emrick. “The alleys are one of our neat treasures that people don’t notice.”
And the city wants more to take notice.
During a city council workshop Wednesday, council members discussed how to use almost $900,000 allocated for infrastructure and development projects in Conway.
One proposal is dangling lights from nine of the city’s alleys.
“Putting up overhead string lights will be one way to make it a little bit more vibrant,” Emrick said. “It’ll light it up so it will be a little safer and might open up some new areas for event space that were not previously being used.”
At a cost of around $10,000, per alley, the city could install string lighting between buildings, according to the city’s cost estimate.
The strings would feature hanging waterproof LED bulbs that could be dimmed if needed. If one bulb goes out, the rest would stay lit.
The strings could be attached to the brick buildings on either side of the alleys or be attached to poles that the city would install, said Emrick.
But the atmosphere won’t change overnight.
“The intent first is to make it a little more vibrant, a little more festive,” Emrick said. “As people drive through town... they’ll see that activity, it’ll be something they want to go participate in.”
If the council approves the project, lights could be installed by Christmas, he said.