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Pilot Point: The Place to Be

Volume 1 Issue 2

Local News

We hit the ground running in 2017! The beginning of this year has seen continued progress in our efforts to revitalize the downtown. This year, we found out we received a grant from the Texas Department of Agriculture to make much needed improvements to the sidewalks in our downtown area. With the contribution from this grant, the City of Pilot Point will be able to complete renovations to the sidewalks on the West side of the Square. 

The City is finalizing the planning for Old City Park to complete renovations to make the park fully accessible to all who visit. The park will have a walking path, a splash pad to endure Texas summers and all new playground equipment. This park is located one block from downtown, stop by next time you're in town to enjoy lunch at Magnolia Station. The EDC is proud to partner with the City and the Parks Board on this park renovation project, we look forward to strolling along the new path.

Projects like these helped our Main Street program to receive accreditation from the National Main Street Association. We are so excited to receive this recognition and we love working with our Main Street Association. We are looking forward to sharing space with Main Street once our Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center opens.

We plan to continue and building on this forward momentum in 2017.

All the best,

Amanda Davenport
Executive Director, Pilot Point EDC

Down on Main Street

The Pilot Point Main Street was recognized by the National Main Street Association for their efforts in tourism, event planning and downtown revitalization. The national accreditation will be announced at the Main Street Now conference in Pennsylvania this spring. Main Street received this accreditation through their work opening the Museum in downtown, tourism events and celebrations and collaborative efforts with other local organizations.  
Pilot Point Main Street utilizes planned designs to enhance the downtown while capitalizing on the unique assets that set Pilot Point apart from other communities. The Pilot Point Main Street has focused on design improvements through renovating and establishing the Clifton and Nadene Irick Museum, which serves as the headquarters for the Main Street organization. To enhance the downtown visual appeal, several buildings in the historic district feature murals. The new museum features a mural that visually captures the history and unique landscape of Pilot Point.  

Main Street organizes six events throughout the year, all free and open to the public. The largest event is the annual Bonnie and Clyde Days that celebrates the filming of the 1967 Bonnie and Clyde. The day is filled with reenactments celebrating the day that Hollywood came to Pilot Point, concerts throughout the day, a soapbox derby, historic car shows, and tours at the local distillery.  

The Pilot Point Main Street organization partners with Keep Pilot Point Beautiful, the Pilot Point Chamber of Commerce, City of Pilot Point, Economic Development Corporation, and several local business to meet their goals and create community events. Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce, and EDC are working on a building project that will office all three organizations. Main Street has taken a leadership role working with Keep Pilot Point Beautiful to organize city wide clean ups and are planning a community garden.

Without local support and partnership, the Main Street organization would not be able to host festivals and events downtown. National recognition for our Main Street program is an honor and encourages us to continue making improvements to the historic downtown.
 

Small Business Spotlight: Texas Tulips

One of the many joys of living in Texas, is waking up mid-winter to bright and sunny days. When you’re enjoying these warm winter days, come visit us in Pilot Point at Texas Tulips. This tulip field is the first and only tulip field that allows visitors to come and pick out the exact flower they want- fresh from the garden. Texas Tulips offer six acres full of tulip varieties. The fields are open February through mid-April- seven days a week.

The Koeman family- Pieter, his wife Petra, sister Cora, mother Afra and children Pieter Jr. and Hillary- moved to north Texas in 2014 after spending their life in the Netherlands growing and selling tulips and bulbs wholesale. “I have always in my mind dreamed that we were going to live in America and do something with the tulips,” Pieter said. “We wanted to do something else, like sell the tulips directly to the customers.”

“I think that was it. In our minds, we always had something with Texas,” Cora added. After Cora and Pieter’s father died in 2011, Cora traveled with her mother to Dallas on vacation. They regularly watched the TV show Dallas and wanted to see South Fork Ranch for themselves. After Cora discussed her travels with her brother, Pieter decided it was time to follow up on his dream and move his family to America to begin their tulip farm.
 
Pieter met a real estate agent to find land for their farm and began traveling back and forth between the Netherlands and America, coordinating the beginnings of Texas Tulips. Pieter and Afra own the farm, while Cora travels from the Netherlands to help with the marketing side of the business.
 
The Koemans import bulbs from Holland every year before planting. This is the third year in operation, and each year different bulbs are planted so visitors can have a different experience. About 500,000 bulbs are planted annually to fill the field and ensure there are plenty of tulips for picking during the open season. 

After the bloom, the Koemans offer bulbs for sale as well as bulb planting service. In the fall, they offer workshops to teach people how to plant and cultivate tulips at home.

Texas Tulips is located at 10656 FM 2931, Pilot Point, Texas, 76258.
 
     

Upcoming Citizen's Government Academy
 

The City of Pilot Point will be offering a Citizen's Government Academy for residents to learn about the roles and functions of local government and get to know city staff. The course will take place over six Thursday evenings from March 2- May 4, 2017. For more information call (940) 686-2165 or email Alice Holloway at aholloway@cityofpilotpoint.org

Business Advisory Council

In the fall of 2016, the EDC began partnering with business leaders in Pilot Point to for a Business Advisory Council. The BAC is composed of 10 leaders in the business community. The BAC shares ideas and advice, and making thoughtful recommendations regarding the growth and development of the local economy and helps the EDC  build and maintain strong relationships with local businesses.
     

UPCOMING EVENTS

Micky and the Motor Cars
Western Son Distillery
March 25, 6:30 p

Easter Egg Hunt
Downtown Pilot Point
April 8, 10-12 p

Great American Cleanup
Downtown Pilot Point
April 22, 8:30-11:30 a

North Texas Songwriters Festival
Opera House
May 21-22

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