To date, the City of Weatherford has spent approximately $793,000 for renovations and construction the First Monday Trade Day grounds. The first phase of improvements for the site, located off Santa Fe Drive, are nearly complete, said Assistant City Administrator Sharon Hayes. Construction of barns and pens for the return of animal sales was a major part of the first phase.
“We’re targeting March of next year (for animal sales to return),” Hayes said.
The second phase includes restrooms, landscaping and entry ways to “improve the overall appearance,” Hayes said.
Future renovations and expansions are also being considered for the trade days, but it will take time and patience to acheive those goals.
The long-term plan also includes expansion of the trade grounds, mainly comprised of surrounding properties.
Ultimately, the city is looking to utilize the area for more than just one weekend a month, Hayes said.
“The ultimate goal would be to enhance the First Monday event and have a space for the community to utilize the rest of the month,” she said. “It is for First Monday, but also for the community as a whole.”
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