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Fighting for Friday Nights on the Plaza

 City of Cheyenne
City of Cheyenne (KGWN)
Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 5:58 PM CDT
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For months residents have lived in isolation, and for the majority, people are ready to get out of the house and enjoy the summer. Through the summer months, the City of Cheyenne hosts the Friday Night's On the Plaza from the depot. This year that summer tradition is on the shelf.

Recently Mayor Orr canceled Friday Night's On the Plaza. While City Council and the finance committee members say they support last week's resolution, lobbying for Cheyenne Recreation and events to bring back Friday Nights on the Plaza.

"To have the events, they had to submit a plan, stating how they would provide multiple zones that would keep people safe through social distancing. City Councilman Bryan Cook said.

The Cheyenne Recreation and Events committee is working through the obstacles of hosting various summer events. Councilman Cook says the Laramie County Health Department wasn't against the Friday night events. The Health Board approved social gatherings and the safety plan submitted.

It's July, as the City of Cheyenne has yet to host a Friday night on the Plaza due to health concerns for the community. At last week's meeting, the City Council presented the resolution to allow plaza events while passing the first phase. Councilman Cook told our reporter that 8 out of 9 council members sponsored the plan. However, none of the councilmen's input received consideration when the decision came down to cancel the Friday night gatherings.

"I don't disagree with the decision to cancel Friday Night's On the Plaza, most of us felt we should be included in such an important decision which shouldn't be made unilaterally."

It can be a challenge for the City of Cheyenne and Council Members to convince Mayor Orr and her administration to allow Friday Night's On the Plaza. City council referred the resolution to the Finance Committee, as the matter is up for voting at the next City Council meeting.

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