The city of Yuma is inviting members of the public to get involved in the planning phase for the upcoming centennial celebration of the city’s founding.
“We have a rich history and heritage that goes back further than 100 years, but the reason that we are concentrating on the last 100 years is because Yuma incorporated in 1914, on April 7,” said Ricky Rinehart, city of Yuma Operations Administrator.
“We want to celebrate that moment and we want the whole community to come together and celebrate our heritage and our history. There is no better time to do that than 100 years, and so we are having a birthday party.”
The city is planning a party so large it will take another century to top, Rinehart said.
“I want people to remember this and I want them to pass this along down through generations so that another 100 years out they say they have to do a bigger party than we did in 2014.”
As part of the planning phase, “we are looking to get all aspects and every member of our community involved in this project,” Rinehart said.
“Right now what we are doing is looking for stakeholders in the community to reach back out to the city and let us know they want to be involved because there are a multitude of events taking place. We are going to let them run with that event. We will help them spearhead it, but they will be the ones out there actually running it.”
For more information about how to get involved contact city of Yuma administrative assistant Joy Carrillo at 373-5021 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently, the city is planning for the celebration to last at least seven days.
“It is going to run for seven days straight and the two Saturday’s following that there will still be some events,” Rinehart said.
The celebration will kick off with a shindig on Main Street in which two brand new signs proclaiming Downtown Yuma as the “Gateway to the Great Southwest,” one at 1st Street and the 2nd at Giss Parkway, will be lit up for the first time.
“The governor will be there, and the mayor, and somebody is going to flip a switch and they will turn that on and we will start the party,” Rinehart said. “That is the kick starter for the week. Downtown Yuma is where our roots are.”