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Official Press Release
The Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization is excited to announce its plan to develop the "Route 66 Neon Park" within the City of St. Robert - George M Reed Roadside Park, which is located in a wide median area between the eastbound and westbound lanes of Route 66. The Route 66 Neon Park will be the first of its kind to be developed along the 2,448 miles of the Mother Road which runs from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, and will feature restored, orphaned Route 66 neon signs in an outdoor park-like setting with corresponding story boards to inform the public about the history of each sign.
Eligible signs would be those that were originally along the Route between 1926 and 1985, have been abandoned and do not have a home, and would not otherwise return to the Mother Road without a park such as this. Currently the roadside park is home to a M-60 tank which will remain within the park, and be embellished to tell the story of the importance of Route 66 as a thoroughfare for transporting war material during WWII. (For additional information on the namesake of the roadside park visit https://pulaskicountyusa.wordpress.com/2013/12/10/george-m-reed-roadside-park.)
"Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation is excited to offer a prime location to preserve and memorialize this particular element of the Route's' culture," said Beth Wiles, President of the organization. "Pulaski County has an opportunity to become an anchor destination along the Route with this development. Mother Road enthusiasts from around the world will want to make Pulaski County a preferred stop to see the ""neon at night" in this unique park."
For those wanting to be a part of this new development, there are several opportunities to lend support. If you would like to have a hand in creating Route 66 Neon Park through donations, sponsorship programs, or in volunteer positions.. Different sponsorship levels are designed to appeal to individuals, associations and corporations.
The opportunity for this development began in November 2013 during the "The Road Ahead" Strategic Roundtable hosted by the World Monument Fund in Anaheim, CA, where Beth Wiles, Executive Director of the Pulaski County Tourism Bureau, was in attendance. One of the speakers there was a representative from the Neon Heritage Preservation Committee of the Route 66 Association of Missouri who described the Association's vision to establish a neon park in Missouri for orphaned Route 66 neon signs. Ensuing discussions between those two parties then led to St. Robert becoming the proposed home for these former icons of the Mother Road.
The Route 66 Association of Missouri and the City of St. Robert will also be the organization'a partners in this endeavor.
Bench Sponsorships - One of a kind benchs made from tailgates, which will be placed within the park with a recognition name plate. Email us for additional information on the Bench Sponsorship Program or click the Donate Online Button above.
Park Feature - Email us for additional information on the Park Feature Sponsorship Program
Neon Sign Sponsorship - Email us for additional information on the Neon Sign Sponsorship Program
Brick Sponsorship - Get Your Bricks on Route 66! - Bricks will line the pathway throughout the park. 3 lines, with up to 20 characters to include spaces and punctuation. Customized clip art or upload your logo for an additional $6. 26 different languages available to choose from.
Bricks with text: $100, Brick with text and clip art: $106. You may order online by clicking "Brick Sponsor" above and mailing in your check.
Tile Sponsorship - Your Association, Business or Corporation may purchase a tile for our wall of fame. Tiles allow for 5 lines, 20 character to include spaces and punctuation. Or for an additional $6 add your logo. 4 lines of text, 20 characters/space with your logo. You may order online by clicking "Brick Sponsor" above and mailing in your check.
You may also use this Order Form to place your order for a brick or tile.
Partners in the Route 66 Neon Park Project
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau - Leadership efforts in development of Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation organization and Route 66 Neon Park development.
Route 66 Association of Missouri - Visionary to establish a Route 66 Neon Park
City of Saint Robert, Missouri - Dedication of George M Reed Park to be used for the Route 66 Neon Park
Key Backers of the Route 66 Neon Park Project
Pulaski County Tourism Bureau - Souvenir Shop - $5,000 donation from souvenir shop sales to help Pulaski County Route 66 Preservation with start up fees; state and federal filing fees, website...
In-kind Donations to the Route 66 Neon Park Project
Lone Oak Printing, Waynesville, MO -Printing of 1000 business cards
Poor Boys Salvage - Donation of tailgates and materials for benches
Majestic Auto Body - In process of painting and welding benches
Grant Awards for the Route 66 Neon Park Project
Meramec Regional Community Foundation - $250.00 grant award used towards promotional stand and signage.